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The Homophone Company of Germany had been issuing their German-made HOMOPHON records (q.v.) in Britain since 1906.
It was in August 1913 when the Homochord label was introduced. These were 10" discs with a 4000- catalogue number series costing 1/6. Amongst the new recordings were many former Homophon(e) issues. In April 1914, with the outbreak of WWI, the British agents could no longer obtain Homochord records or the masters from the German factory.  The catalogue had reached 4618 by this time. Subsequent Homochords were manufactured in England at Lindstrom's Mead Works in Hertford, using their own masters which were in a 35000-series. Sales were poor, though, because of the known German connection. All issues ceased, with the highest known in the series of 4703, when, in March 1917, the Linstrom UK company was wound up following the "Trading With The Enemy" acts.

It wasn't until the late Autumn of 1921 that the label re-appeared. The owner was now British Homophone Ltd, a company started by William David Sternberg, the proprietor of the Sterno Manufacturing Company, which was already well-established. Although they had their own recording facilities, many of the new records used masters from Vocalion and Pathe (both from UK and US sources) as well as some pre-war Homophon masters which had been obtained fron ther German company.

The 10" records started at 100, using an H- prefiix for their own and for Vocalion masters, and a C- prefix for Pathe sourced recordings; the records initially cost 3/-, reducing to 2/6 within a few months. The 12" issues, which first appeared in October 1922 were in a 2000 series, with an HB-prefix for Homophone & Vocalion sources  and HC- for Pathe, and costing 4/-.  The recordings by BH used masters in an L-00 series, but I have never seen any information as to where these were recorded or who the recording manager was. Vocalion masters usually kept the original master numbers but with a suffix of '3'.

In late 1925, British Homophone made a deal with the Gramophone Company to supply Homochord with masters. The 10" issues, in the same series as the H and C range were now prefixed D-, and the 12" prefixed HD-. Initially, the Gramophone Company used their Zonophone masters (Yy prefix for 10" and Zz prefix for 12") but then started specific recordings only for Homochord with a prefix of HH for 10" and JJ for 12" (with HR- for location recordings). By early 1926, all the Homochords were being recorded & pressed by the Gramophone Company and the Vocalion & Pathe pressings ceased.

In June 1928, the contract with the Gramophone Company ended. In October, British Homophone bought a newcomer to  the market: Gramophone Records Ltd, and also became independent from Sternberg, while also purchasing his Sterno Company. BH once more started making their own recordings; the records being pressed by Pathe in Stonebridge. BH also bought the Pathe factory from its then owners, Columbia. The BH master numbers, which had reached the L-00800s at the time of the start of the Gramophone Company contract, continiued from that point, but with a PL, later BL and finally just B- prefixes. The D-series 10" continued, as did the short-lived P-10000 series; the D-series ceased in 1930. Then in 1932 the label was revived with a short lived H-100 series (about 20 issues), and then in 1933, the HN-series (changing to HR-prefix after 14 issues) starting at 1 and running to nearly 100 in 1934 which were the last Homochords.

In 1935, British Homophone once more did a deal with the former Gramophone Company (now EMI) and sold off their commercial recording division to EMI. BH continued to do contract pressings until the 1980s, but never again had their own commercial record label.

The CLPGS has issued a near complete listing of the various Homocord label series in their Reference Series booklets, No. RS-27. This contains a CD with the data in the back of the booklet. the information is the result of many years research by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt.

 
4000-series first design


4000-series second design
(courtesy Norman Field)


4000-series, British made


1920s H/C series


D-series


P- series


new H- series


HR-series 

The CLPGS has issued a near complete listing of the various Homocord label series in their Reference Series booklets, No. RS-27. This contains a CD with the data in the back of the booklet. the information is the result of many years research by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt.

I am not proposing to pirate that information here, but I would like to list a few of the smaller later series, based on my own research. These have some considerable gaps still, and by listing them here, I am hoping it will flush out some of these quite elusive recordings.

There are two series I am listing are (in alphabetical sequence) :

The H-100 series from 1932.
The HN/HR series from the mid-1930s.


Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series.

My thanks to the following who have provided extra information: Mike Langridge, Mark Schuler

Page last updated on: November 13, 2017

Firstly, the H-100s from 1932. Not to be confused with the early 1920s original H- series.
Cat No Master No Title Artists Source
H-101        
H-102        
H-103 S-2306
S-2325
Sailing On The Robert E. Lee
Back Again (6/8)
Eddie Norman & his Band (= Ray Startita & his Band)
Eddie Norman & his Band (= Bertini & his Band)
Sterno 929
Sterno 942
H-104        
H-105        
H-106        
H-107        
H-108        
H-109        
H-110 S-2266
S-2315
By The Fireside
Songs That Are Old Live Forever
Billy Day & Fred Knight (= Tom Barratt & Fred Douglas) Sterno 919
Sterno 940
H-111        
H-112 S-2132
S-2133
Sunshine Susie, selection parts 1 & 2 Homochord Orchestra (= Nat Star & his Orch.) Sterno 911
H-113 S-2361
S-2371
Should I Be Sorry ?
Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear
Ben Eldon & his Dance Band (= Nat Star & his Orch.)
Ben Eldon & his Dance Band (= Ray Starita & his Band)
Sterno 953
Sterno 952
H-114 S-2322
S-2328
In Old Seville
Who's Your Little Who-Zis ?
Eugene Brockman & his Orchestra (= Bertini & his Band) Sterno 951
Sterno 950
H-115 S-2326
S-2373
Somebody Loves You
Snuggled On Your Shoulder
Eddie Norman & his Band (= Bertini & his Band)
Eddie Norman & his Band (= Ray Starita & his Band)
Sterno 942
Sterno 943
H-116        
H-117 S-2278
S-2279
The Gay Nineties, parts 1 & 2 Lester Conn's Band (= Nat Star & his Orch.) Sterno 931
H-118        
H-119        
H-120        

Now, The HN/HR series.  These cost 1/- only.  An irony that what was perviously the main label from British Homophone has become a subsidiary label; a way to re-market existing Sterno records and issue them under pseudonymns. It didn't fool the reviewer in "The Gramophone" though!

Cat No Master No Title Artists Source
HN-1 S-3074
S-3101
In The Valley Of The Moon (waltz)
Hold Me
Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor Band)
Al Gold & his Band (= Oscar Rabin's Romany Band)
Sterno 1218
Sterno 1220
HN-2 S-3166
S-3169
Lazybones
Learn To Croon
Al Gold & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1224
Sterno 1241
HN-3 S-3171
S-3198
Isn't It Heavenly ?
Don't Blame Me
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Casani Club Orch; Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1240
Sterno 1248
HN-4 S-3199
S-3207
Sweet Dreams, Pretty Lady (waltz)
At The Old Pig And Whistle
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Casani Club Orch; Charlie Kunz)
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Syd Lipton & his Orch.)
Sterno 1248
Sterno 1249
HN-5 S-3196
S-3197
My Lucky Day
Happy Ending
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1246
HN-6 S-2834
S-3232
Whsitling Under The Moon
Trouble In Paradise
Dick Rose & his Band (= Mantovani & his Tipica Orch.)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Syd Lipton & his Grosvenor Orch .)
Sterno 1269
Sterno 1274
HN-7 S-2891
S-
Signorina
Let Me Whisper "I Love You"
Del Rio Accordeon Band (= Zigano's Accordeon Band) Sterno 1255
HN-8 S-
S-3110
When You Play Your Gay Castanets
By The Shimmering Twilight Sea
Del Rio Accordeon Band (= Zigano's Accordeon Band)
Sterno 1255
HN-9 S-2668
S-3082
Minuet (Boccherini)
Moment Musical (Schubert)
Philip Lacey's String Orchestra (= Mantovani & his Orch.) Sterno 1214
HN-10 S-3030
S-3031
Rienzi, overture, parts 1 & 2 (Wagner) The Challenge Brass Band (= St Hilda's Band; cond: James Oliver) Sterno 1213
HN-11 S-2126
S-2182
There's No Harm In Hoping
Carry Me Back To Green Pastures
Best & Best (= Fred & Leslie Douglas) Sterno 1238
Sterno 1245
HN-12 S-3164
S-3213
Sweetheart Darlin'
I'm Away In Killarney With You
Patsy Donovan (tenor) (= Cavan O'Connor) Sterno 1239
Sterno 1257
HN-13 S-2519
S-3086
Aromas Mendocinas
Ranno De La Noche
Malatest & his Tango Band (= Mantovani & his Tipica Orchestra) Sterno 1064
Sterno 1215
HN-14 S-3066
S-3092
42nd Street Selection, parts 1 & 2 Homochord Orchestra (= Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor Band) Sterno 1211
HR-15 S-3208
S-3209
Gold-Diggers Of 1933, selection parts 1 & 2 Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton & his Grosvenor House Orch.) Sterno 1297
HR-16 S-3258
S-3261
Night And Day
I Gotta Get Up And Go To Work
Al Gold & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Sterno 1294
HR-17 S-3244
S-3301
The Song That You Gave To Me
The Last Round Up
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1270
Sterno 1271
HR-18 S-3205
S-3210
The Shadow Waltz
Remember My Forgotten Man
Dick Rose & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Dick Rose & his Band (= George Glover & his Band)
Sterno 1264
Sterno 1265
HR-19 S-3234
S-3241
Oh! Johanna
Dear Stranger
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor Band)
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Casani Club Orch; Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1263
Sterno 1262
HR-20 S-3243
S-3256
Dinner At Eight
Morning, Noon And Night
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Casani Club Orch; Charlie Kunz)
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Sterno 1270
Sterno 1275
HR-21 S-3028
S-3038
Enchantress March (White)
Two's Company (Southern) (with trombone duet)
Challenge Brass Band (= St Hilda's Colliery Band) Sterno 1212
Sterno uniss
HR-22 S-3253
S-3254
A Serenade Out Of The Night (Spoliansky)
A Night In May (Strauss)
Gandino & his Orchestra (= Mantovani & his Orch.) Sterno 1338
HR-23 S-3183
S-3217
I've Found The Right Girl
I Like To Go Back In The Evening
Best & Best (= Fred & Leslie Douglas) Sterno 1245
Sterno 1267
HR-24 S-3274

Oh! Ella
Madamoiselle
Del Rio Accordion Band (= Zigano's Accordion Band) Sterno 1304

HR-25 S-3179
S-3283
My Girl Ran Away
Yodel-O-De-Ay
Billy Weston & his Pioneers (= Monte Hunter & his Texas Rangers) Sterno 1266
Sterno 1281
HR-26 S-3286
S-3287
There Are Many Good Reasons For Drinking
Eleven Good Lads
Bill Hart & The Boys (= Fred Douglas) Sterno 1320
Sterno uniss.
HR-27 S-3204
S-3219
Pettin' In The Park
My Forgotten Man [sic]
Al Gold & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Al Gold & his Band (= George Glover & his Band)
Sterno 1264
Sterno 1265
HR-28 S-3233
S-3237
Goodnight, Little Girl Of My Dreams (waltz)
Snowball
Dick Rose & his Band (= Syd Lipton & his Grosvenor Orch .) Sterno 1274
Sterno 1273
HR-29 S-3238
S-3239
Old Waltz Medley, parts 1 & 2 Alec Newman's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1261
HR-30 S-3298
S-3300
Did My Heart Beat, Did I Fall In Love ?
What Is the Use Of It Now ?
Alex Newman's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1271
Sterno 1339
HR-31 S-3328
S-3329
Blue Moments
Yvonne (waltz)
Billy Fredericks & his Band (= George Glover & his Band) Sterno 1290
Sterno 1289
HR-32 S-3309
S-3310
The Bit Hit, selection, parts 1 & 2 Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Nat Star & his dance Orch.) Sterno 1284
HR-33 S-3330
S-3341
It's The Talk Of The Town
Thanks
Mellor's Dance Orchestra (= George Glover & his Band)
Mellor's Dance Orchestra (= Casani Club Orch, Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1290
Sterno 3341
HR-34 S-3269
S-3273
Christopher
Lover
Del Rio Accordion Band (= Zigano's Accordion Band) no sterno
Sterno 1304
HR-35   Sunny
Light As A Feather
Del Rio Accordion Band  
HR-36   Barcarolle ("Tales of Hoffmann")
Canzonetta
Philip Lacey's String Band (= Joseph Lewis & his Orchestra)
Philip Lacey's String Band (= Reginald King & his Orchestra)
Sterno 1254
Sterno 1347
HR-37   Sing Another Line
You're Never Too Old
Billy Hart & The Boys (= Monte Hunter & The Texas Rangers) Sterno 1281
Sterno 1266
HR-38   The Wedding Of The Grave-Digger's Daughter
Jam-A-Lam-A-Do-Do-Do
Billy Hart & The Boys (= Billy Seymour & The Boys)
Billy Hart & The Boys (= Monte Hunter & The Texas Rangers)
Sterno 1291
Sterno 1259
HR-39 S-3365
S-3366
Well Done, Gordon
A Couple Of Pals (6/8)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band) Sterno 1301
HR-40 S-3409
S-3411
You'll Never Understand
This Is Romance
Alec Newman's Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band) Sterno 1325
Sterno 1324
HR-41 S-3397
S-3408
When You're Over Sixty
I've Got You On My Mind
Alec Newman's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Alec Newman's Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band)
Sterno 1295
Sterno 1324
HR-42 S-3373
S-3396
T'Ain't
You've Got Everything
Dick Rose & his Band (= The Barnstormers)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1313
Sterno 1312
HR-43 S-3370 Christmas Bells At Eventide (waltz) Billy Fredericks & his Band (= The Barnstormers) Sterno 1298
HR-44 S-3297
S-3393
He Was A Handsome Young Soldier (waltz)
Roaming
Archie Mercer's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1295
HR-45   Scotia (Scottish Selection) part 1 & 2 The London Accordeon Band  
HR-46 S-3415
S-3418
That's Another Scottish Story
Five And Twenty Soldiers And A Nurse
Mellor's Dance Orchestra (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band) Sterno 1318
Sterno 1317
HR-47 S-3353
I Took My Harp To A Party
Wedding Day
Billy Hart & The Boys (= Nat Star & his Orchestra) Sterno 1321
HR-48 S-3410
S-3419
Sweet Georgia
When He Tries To Kiss Her By The Duckpond
Archie Mercer's Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band)
Archie Mercer's Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Sterno 1325
Sterno 1317
HR-49 S-3368
S-3416
An Old Old Man With An Old Old Pipe
Just Making Conversation
Archie Mercer's Band (= The Barnstormers
Archie Mercer's Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Sterno 1299
Sterno 1318
HR-50 S-3338
S-3339
Everybody Loves My Marguerita [sic]
You Ought To See Sally On Sunday
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1285
HR-51 S-3337
S-3398
We All Go Riding On A Rainbow
The Wind's In The West
Alec Newman's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Eric Sellers' Dance Band  (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1293
Sterno 1312
HR-52 S-3327
S-3354
Symphony Of The Breeze
No Funny Business
Al Gold & his Band (= George Glover & his Band)
Al Gold & his Band (= Nat Star & his Dance Orch.)
Sterno 1289
Sterno 1314
HR-53 S-3087
S-3361
Elvira (rumba)
The Cage In the Window
Gandino & his Orchestra (= Mantovani & his Tipica Orch.) Sterno 1215
Sterno 1302
HR-54 S-3280
Lohengrin, Introduction to Act III (Wagner)
Tannhauser March (Wagner)
Homochord Military Band (= Sterno Military Band) Sterno 1277
HR-55   Barcelona Revels (Cuvelier)
Garrison Carnival (Cuvelier)
London Accordeon Band  
HR-56
S-1160
The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
All Through The Night
Gregory Austin (baritone) (= Foster Richardson) Sterno 491
Sterno 715
HR-57 S-3475
S-3480
On A Steamer Coming Over
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking ?
Archie Mercer's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1337
Sterno 1336
HR-58 S-3490
S-3492
Three Of Us
Moonlight Down In Lover's Lane (waltz)
Dick Rose and his Band (= The Barnstormers) Sterno 1346
Sterno 1345
HR-59 S-3448
S-3494
Eadie Was A Lady
La-Di-Da-Di-Da
Mellor's Dance Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Mellor's Dance Band (= The Barnstormers)
Sterno 1323
Sterno 1344
HR-60 S-3315
S-3324
Moonlight And Melody, selection, parts 1 & 2 Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton's New Grosvenor Band) Sterno 1296
HR-61 S-3450
S-3451
When You Were The Girl On The Scooter
Without That Certain Thing
Al Gold & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1335
HR-62        
HR-63        
HR-64        
HR-65        
HR-66 S-3384
S-3468
I'm Learning To Play The Guitar, I Am
We All Went Up Up Up The Mountain
Billy Hart & the Boys (= Fred Douglas with Nat Star's Orch.) Sterno 1321
Sterno 1339
HR-67 S-3414
S-3561
My Song Goes Round The World
Play To Me Gypsy (tango)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Oscar Rabin & his Romany Band)
Gandino & his Orchestra (= Mantovani & his Tipica Orch.)
Sterno 1327
Sterno 1360
HR-68 S-3514
S-3547
Unless (waltz)
Who Walks In When I Walk Out ?
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Jock McDermot & his Band)
Sterno 1354
Sterno 1366
HR-69 S-3515
S-3516
Who's Gonna Take You Home Tonight ?
At The End Of The Day
Mellor's Dance Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1376
Sterno 1355
HR-70 S-3493
S-3526
The Buggy Song
So Shy
 Archie Mercer & his Band (= The Barnstormers)
Archie Mercer & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor Band)
Sterno 1344
Sterno 1356
HR-71 S-3449
S-3518
Come Up And See Me Sometime
Good Morning, Glory
Al Gold & his Orch. (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1323
Sterno 1355
HR-72 S-3445
S-3446
Old Time Waltz Tunes, parts 1 & 2 Billy Fredericks & his Band (= Casani Club Orch; Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1322
HR-73 S-3214
S-3569
The Hymn That I Sung As A Boy
Play To Me Gypsy
Albert Cordray (tenor) (= Cavan O'Connor)
Syd Kennedy (baritone) (= Leslie Douglas)
Sterno 1257
Sterno 1372
HR-74        
HR-75 S-3587
S-3589
Over On The Sunny Side
Who'll Buy An Old Gold Ring ?
Dick Rose & his Band (= The Masterkeys) Sterno 1374
Sterno 1375
HR-76 S-3590
S-3592
No More Heartaches, No More Tears
The Soldier's Farewell
Dick Rose & his Band (= The Masterkeys) Sterno 1376
HR-77 S-3616
S-3618
Doggone, I've Done It
Coffee In the Morning
Archie Mercer's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1377
Sterno 1395
HR-78 S-3579
S-3621
This Little Piggie Went To Market
Hell's Bells
Archie Mercer's Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1364
Sterno 1377
HR-79 S-3521
S-3522
Annie Doesn't Live here Any More
Lullaby Lady (waltz)
Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band) Sterno 1357
Sterno 1356
HR-80 S-3527
S-3624
Masquerading In The Name Of Love
Gay Vienna
Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band) Sterno 1386
Sterno 1387
HR-81        
HR-82 S-3529
S-3534
It Was Sweet Of You
Unless
John Ellis (baritone) (= George Baker) Sterno 1358
Sterno 1369
HR-83 S-3437
S-3438
Lullaby Lady
Prairie Lullaby
Monte Hunter and the Texas Rangers Sterno 1334
Sterno 1333
HR-84        
HR-85 S-3654
S-3661
In Town Tonight
In A Little Rocky Valley
Frank Taylor & his Orch. (= Teddy Joyce & his Dance Music) Sterno 1384
Sterno 1383
HR-86 S-3617
S-3665
It's Time To Say Goodnight (waltz)
Wagon Wheels
Dick Rose & his Band (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz) Sterno 1378
Sterno 1395
HR-87 S-3588
S-3623
I Had To Change The Words
Swaller-Tail Coat
Dick Rose & his Band (= The Masterkeys)
Dick Rose & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band)
Sterno 1374
Sterno 1400
HR-88 S-3564
S-3652
Maruschka (tango)
I'll Follow My Secret Heart (waltz)
Archie Mercer's Band (= Mantovani & his Tipica Orch.) Sterno 1367
Sterno 1389
HR-89 S-3676
S-3678
How Can I Belive In You ?
After Tonight
Al Gold & his Band (= Nat Star & his dance Orch.) no Sterno issue
HR-90 S-3521
S-3577
Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Jimmy Had A Nickel
Al Gold & his Band (= Syd Lipton's Grosvenor House Band)
Al Gold & his Orch. (= Casani Club Orch, dir. Charlie Kunz)
Sterno 1357
Sterno 1363
HR-91 S-3401
S-3402
Serenade
The Herd Girl's Dream
Philip Lacey's String Orchestra (= Pierre Fol's String Quintette) Sterno 1330
Sterno 1349
HR-92        
HR-93        
HR-94 S-3568
S-3599
So Shy
You're Just Unfair
Syd Kennedy (baritone) (= Leslie Douglas)
Best & Best (duet) (actually a dance band record with single vocalist)
Sterno 1371
Sterno untraced
HR-95