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The first Lyric label was a very short-lived one made by the German Kalliope company,using J. Blum's masters, for the Midland Gramophone Company of Birmingham & London. These date from late 1912 and are very scarce.

The more usual Lyric record (see blue, red & green label images) appeared about the same time and were made by Favorite in Germany.  The 10" catalogue was a 3-digit number with a blue or red label; the 12" were green labelled with the same design and a catalogue series starting at 1. Again, this Lyric label was quite short-lived, though they do turn up, albeit rather infrequently.

Some Lyric records (with lighter blue labels) have been reported as being paste-over labels on Polyphons and Scalas. Examples of any other Lyric records than those shown would be gratefully received.

In 1913, Columbia succeeded in banning all other companies from selling records called Lyric, as it was a name they had been using back in 1906 for cylindrical records. If this is the case then this would explain the scarcity of both of these styles of Lyric records, which may only have been on sale for a few months.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the green-labelled Lyric image and to Frederick Murphy for the red-labelled "Favorite-styled" image.

Kalliope-style

 


Favorite-style - 10"


Favorite style - 12"

This is a first attempt at a listing. Please e-mail me if you can help me fill in the gaps in any of these series.

My thanks to Frank Andrews in providing most of the initial information for this page.
Additional information kindly provided by:

Mike Atkin, Paul Cleary, Graham Farnell, Norman Field, Robert Girling, Warren Hodgson, Mike Jones, Mike Langridge, Chris McDonald, Ian McPherson, Adam Miller, Jonathan Sanders, Mark Schuler, Jeff Smallcombe, Adrian Smith

Page last updated on: January 02, 2024

Firstly, the Kalliope-made issues, which have prefixes. It seems that, like the company's other labels such as Diploma, Stella & Victory, there are several series, but so few have been found that I just don't know at the present.

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists
A-1      
A-2      
A-3      
A-4      
A-5      
A-6      
A-7      
A-8      
A-9 1048
1051
Wreck Of The Troopship
Departure Of The Troopship
Descriptive
A-10      
A-11      
A-12 1060 Waltz Solita Royal Symphony Orchestra
A-13      
A-14      
A-15      
A-16      
A-17 1140
1143
Scottish Airs, part 1
Loch Katrine; Pibroch O' Donald Dhu; The De'il Among The Tailors
Pipe Major Forsyth (bagpipes)
A-18      
A-19 1265
1317
Cavalleria Rusticana - selection (Mascagni)
Cavalleria Rusticana - Intermezzo (Mascagni)
Band of the 12th Hussars (some may be labelled Royal Milltary Band)
       
A-26 1061
1076
Midsummer's Eve, waltz
Passing Of Salome
Royal Symphony Orchestra
       
A-48 1323
1325
Gypsy Love, waltz (Lehar)
Nell Gwyn Dances, No. 1 (German)
Royal Military Band

 

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Notes
B-1        
         
B-7 1041
1205
The Diver
Meet Me To-Night In Dreamland
T. F. Kinniburgh
Robert Carr (baritone)
 
B-8        
B-9        
B-10 1040
1127
Rocked In The Cradle Of The Deep (J.P. Knight)
Drake Goes West (Wilfrid Sanderson)
T. F. Kinniburgh  
         

 

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Notes
C-1        
         
C-9 1105
1108
Far Far Away
We'd Better Strip The Bed
Alf Willis  
         
C-17 1113
1164
I Tried To Keep From Laughing
We Must Have A Song About The Isle Of Man
Charles Penrose
Jack Charman
 
         
C-30 1186
1201
When mother Dropped  A Halfpenny On The Bus
I'm Setting The Village On Fire
Claude Graham (= Jack Charman)
Jack Gilbey (= Jack Charman)
 

 

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Notes
E-1        
         
E-7 1296
1360
Nearer My God To Thee
Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid?
Robert Carr (baritone)
T.F. Kinniburgh (bass)
 
         


Now, the more usual blue-labelled series (some, like No, 250) are reported to have red labels):

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Orig. Issue
201 5763-t Our Bluejackets, march Band of H.M. Irish Guards Favorite 328
202        
203        
204 1459-f
1460-f
Under The Double Eagle
Washington Post
Garde Republicaine Band Favorite 1
205   Lyric March
Hapsburg March
Lyric Military band .
Favorite 312
206   Selection From Carmen Garde Republicaine Favorite 22
207   Poppies, A Japanese Intermezzo
Distant Greeting March
Lyric Orchestra (= Earl Of Lonsdale's Private Military Band)
Lyric Orchestra (= Favorite Elite Orchestra)
Favorite 70
Favorite 379
208        
209        
210 2681-b
.
King Of England March
Life Guards
Lyric Military Band Favorite 303
211   The Black Man
March De Concors
Descriptive
Lyric Symphony Orchestra
Favorite 509
Favorite 508 ?
212        
213 793-t
6611-t
Semper Fideles March
Liberty Bell March
Lyric Military Band Favorite 74
Favorite 425
214 .
6265-t
Weymouth Chimes
The Church Parade
Lyric Concert Band ?
Favorite 365
215        
216        
217        
218        
219   Christchurch Bells
Bells Of St. Malo
Lyric Concert Band Favorite 365
Favorite ?
220        
221 .
13519-o
Barcarolle "Tales Of Hoffman"
The Rosary
Trio (= The Favorite Trio) Favorite 507
Favorite 521
222        
223        
224   Temptation Rag Lyric Symphony Orchestra Favorite 311
225        
226   Nearer My God To Thee
The Lost Chord
Alice Thornhill (contralto) (= Emily Foxcroft) Favorite 497
227        
228 1924-t
2135-o
Venus On Earth, waltz
The Choristers Waltz (Phelps)
Lyric Orchestra (= Earl of Lonsdale's Private Military Band) Favorite 96
Favorite 65
229        
230        
231        
232        
233        
234        
235        
236        
237        
238        
239 ?
2671-b
Pretty As Pink
Sons Of The Empire, march
Robert Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock)
Robert Ward (xylophone) (= Billy Whitlock)
Favorite 468
Favorite 309
240        
241 ?
6572%-t
I Won't Go Home To-Night
A Lecture on Beer
Billy Williams (comedian)
Billy Whitlock (comedian)
Favorite 504
Favorite 444
242        
243 6722-t
6724-t
Dashwood Quickstep
Carolina Tar Heel
Olly Oakley (banjo) Favorite 439
Favorite 483
244        
245        
246        
247 3189-t
3191-t
The Mocking Bird
Whistling Intermezzo
Joe Belmont (whistling) Favorite 60
Favorite 61
248        
249        
250 5793-t
 
You Are My Sunbeam
A Collier's Child
Stanley Kirkby Favorite 345
Favorite 440
251 13927-o
 
My Father Was Born In Killarney
Oh, Mr. McPherson
Billy Williams Favorite 530
Favorite 544
252 5792-t
6532-t
Kitty Dear
Leave A Little Glimmer In The Fanlight
Stanley Kirkby Favorite 334
Favorite 414
253 5795-t
6535-t
Sweet Jenny Gray
I've Left My Heart In England
Stanley Kirkby Favorite 334
Favorite 427
254        
255        
256        
257        
258 2657-b
5801-t
Baby's Box Of Toys
Mister Moon, Turn Off The Light
Jack Charman Favorite 304
Favorite 346
259        
260 4309-t
5802%-t
You Taught Me How To Love You
Maisie Lou
Jack Charman Favorite 24
Favorite 335
261        
262 6567-t
.
I Like Your Apron And Your Bonnet
You Must Come Round On Saturday
Frank Wilton (= Jack Charman?) Favorite 412
Favorite 434
263   Hello, Silvery Sea
Hush, Here Comes The Dream Man
Fred Lynne (= Harry Bluff) Favorite 432
Favorite 433
264        
265 5777-t
.
We All Go The Same Way Home
Take Me Down Piccadilly
Fred Lynne (= Harry Bluff) Favorite 337
Favorite 410
266   Raggedy Rags, part 1
Raggedy Rags, part 2
Lyric Military Band  
267        
268 5821-t
5822-t
Don't Go Out With Him To-Night
Here We Are Again, Pom Pom
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 331
Favorite 332
269 5817-t
6457-t
When Father Papered The Parlour
Let's All Go Mad
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 332
Favorite 408
270        
271 5806-t
6700-t
Down In Jungle Town
Red Pepper Rag
Lyric Symphony Orchestra (= Favorite Elite Orchestra) Favorite 342
Favorite 450
272 6546-t
6550-t
I Don't Care
What's The Matter With Father?
Billy Williams (comedian)        [confirmed, but see also 727] Favorite 430
Favorite 458
273 6545-t
?
She's My Lassie From Glasgie Toon
Cohen
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 407
Favorite 458
274        
275 6250%-t
6251-t
Timothy, Let's Have a Look
I'm Proud Of My Old Bald Head
Harry Champion (comic) Favorite 368
Favorite 385
276 .
13277-o
Temptation Rag
Paprika
Lyric Symphony Orchestra (= Favorite London Orchestra)
Lyric Symphony Orchestra (= Favorite Elite Orchestra)
Favorite 311
Favorite 467
277        
278        
279        
280        
281 6566-t
.
Cubanola Glide
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Messrs. Clifford & Goldin (= Harry Cove & Gene Summers)
Frank Wilton ( = Will Terry)
Favorite 412
Favorite 549
282        
283 6587-t
11909-o
Under The Yum Yum Tree
All Alone
Harry Bluff (comedian) Favorite 411
284 5785-t
.
Angostura
Up The Pole
Billy Whitlock (comedian) Favorite 339
Favorite 460
285        
286 13930-o
.
The Ragtime Violin
Jimmy Valentine
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (= Harry Cove &  Jack Charman)
Bert Clifford
Favorite 531
Favorite 548 ?
287   Letter Song ("The Chocolate Soldier" - Straus)
My Hero  ("The Chocolate Soldier" - Straus)
Violet Essex (soprano) Favorite 223
288        
289        
290        
291 13932-o
.
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Casey Jones
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (= Harry Cove &  Jack Charman) Favorite 531
Favorite 548
292        
293   My Dreams
An Evening Song
Philip Ritte (tenor) Favorite 37
294        
295        
296 13924-o
.
The Gaby Glide
Mysterious Rag
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (with orch accmp) (= Harry Cove &  Jack Charman) Favorite 532
Favorite 549
297        
298   Drake Goes West
In Sheltered Vale
Tom Kinniburgh (bass) Favorite 457
Favorite 387
299        
300        
301        
302        
303        
304 2665%-b
.
In The Shadows
The Grasshoppers' Dance
Band Favorite 302
Favorite 422
305 2659-b
13929
Yiddle On Your Fiddle
I'm Going Back To Dixie
Bob Goldin (= Jack Charman)
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman)
Favorite 316
Favorite 532
306        
307        
308        
309        
310        
311 6587-t
13900-o
Under The Yum Yum Tree
He Played On His Fiddle-De-Dee
Harry Bluff
Andie Anderson
Favorite 411
.
312        
313 2686-b
.
The Irish Emigrant
"Dorothy" -  Queen Of My Heart
Stanley Kirkby Favorite 314
Favorite 456
314 6566-t
.
Cubanola Glide
I Don't Care What Becomes Of Me
Frank Wilton (with orch accmp) (= Will Terry) Favorite 412
Favorite 434
315        
316 6254%-t
.
I'm Getting Ready For My Mother-in-Law
Ragtime Ragshop
Harry Champion (comedian, with orch accmp) Favorite 401
Favorite 533
317 6544-t
6545-t
Why Can't We Have The Sea In London?
My Lass Frae Glasgie Toon
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 407
318 6252%-t
6253%-t
Red White And Blue Whiskers
Brown, Sit Down
Harry Champion (comedian) Favorite 385
Favorite 401
319 5772-t
.
The Other Department Please
The Drug Stores
Harry Bluff (comedian) Favorite 338
Favorite 347
320        
321        
322   Two Eyes Of Grey
In Sympathy
Herbert Williams (tenor) (= Gwilym Wigley) Favorite 413
Favorite 446
323        
324 4709-o
5912-o
Lead Kindly Light
Improvisation
Full Peal Of Church Bells, London (= Bells in Munich Town Hall)
Prof. Warbaeck (organ) (= Mieczyslaw Surzynski) (rec. Warsaw)
Favorite 135
Favorite 292
325        
326 6206%-t
6316-t
The Holy City
The Star Of Bethlehem
Gwilym Wigley (tenor) Favorite 367
327 466-o
-
Hark My Soul
The Sweet Bye And Bye
Harry Thornton (baritone) Favorite 203
Favorite 206
328 465-t
9473-o
Rock Of Ages
All Hail The Power
Harry Thornton (baritone) Favorite 203
Favorite 206
329        
330        
331   Holy Holy Holy
Abide With Me
   
332        
333   Fight The Good Fight
O Saving Victims
   
334        
335 2016-f
3367-o
Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo (Mascagni)
Henry VIII Shepherds' Dance
Lyric Orchestra (= Favorite Orchestra, Berlin)
Lyric Orchestra (= Earl of Lonsdale's Private Military Band)
Favorite 46
Favorite 88
         
342 .
13902-o
I Was Holding My Cocoanut
Carroty
Harry Champion Favorite 533
Favorite 547
         
         
         
516 2134%-o Weymouth Chimes Lyric Orchestra  (= Earl of Lonsdale's Private Military Band) Favorite 87
517   Poppies
La Paloma
Lyric Imperial Orchestra  (= Earl of Lonsdale's Private Military Band) Favorite 70
Favorite 89
518        
519        
520 .
14219-o
British Imperial March
Lancashire Clogs
Lyric Imperial Orchestra (= City of London Police Band)
Lyric Imperial Orchestra (= Favorite Bijou Orchestra)
Favorite 569
Favorite 570
521   Count Of Luxembourg, selection part 1
Count Of Luxembourg, selection part 2
Lyric Imperial Orchestra  
       
531   Barcarolle, Tales Of Hoffman
Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana
Lyric Imperial Orchestra paste-over Scala 49
       
546   Loin Du Bal
Barcarolle, Tales Of Hoffmann
Lyric Concert Band  
         
556 1639
1648
Turkish Patrol
The Jolly Coppersmith
Lyric Concert Band (= Polyphon Military Band) paste-over ?
       
569 5780-t
6719-t
Aeroplane Waltz
Every Little Movement
Robert Ward (bells/xylophone) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite 351
Favorite 447
570 4153-t
4154-t
Silver Bells
Sweet Chiming Bells (as Swett Chiming Bells)
Robert Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite 139
571        
572        
573   Mariette Polka
Puppchen
Robert Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite
Favorite 614
574 4163-t Kentucky Patrol Robert Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite 140
575 4164-t
4339-t
Ragtime Frolics
Pinkie's Revels
Robert Ward (bells) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite 140
Favorite 34
576        
577        
578        
579 1355-o
.
Serenade (Drdla)
Berceuse De Jocelyn
Victor Orme (violin) (rec. Paris)
Victor Orme (violin) (rec. Holland)
Favorite 29
Favorite 28
580 .
10579-o
Gavotte (Bach)
Meditations de Thais (Massenet)
Mr. Bachmann (violin) (= Alberto Bachmann) (rec. Paris)
Victor Orme (violin)
 
581        
582        
583        
584   Broken Melody
The Swan
Alfred Newton ('cello )  
585        
586        
587        
588 1967-o
1972-o
Sweet Maid Of Glendral
Highland Laddie
Pipers Of The Royal Scots Guards Favorite 57
Favorite 59
589        
590        
591        
592        
593 4705%-o
4708-o
O Sanctissima
Abide With Me
Munich Town Hall Bells Favorite 540
Favorite 135
594        
595        
596   The Camptown Races
Silver Threads Among the Gold
Billy Whitlock  
596 13290-o
13291-o
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 5
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 6
The Lyric Minstrels (= The Favorite Minstrels) Favorite 485
597 13531-o
13532-o
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 7
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 8
The Lyric Minstrels (= The Favorite Minstrels) Favorite 550
598 14252-o
14253-o
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 9
The Lyric Minstrels, Part 10
The Lyric Minstrels (= The Favorite Minstrels) Favorite 581
599        
600 6294-t
6295-t
Cohen On The 'Phone
On Strike
Will Denton (= Morgan Wilder) Favorite 403
601 817-t
818-t
Far Away In Australia
Whack-Fol-The-Diddle-O
Fred Vernon (= Harry Fay) Favorite 248
602        
603        
604        
605 4161-t
9435-o
Abide With Me
Holy, Holy, Holy
The Lyric Quartette (vocal)
Tom Kinniburgh (bass)
Favorite 290
Favorite 198
606        
607        
608        
609        
610        
611 618-t
.
Because
Oh, Dry those Tears
Jessie Broughton Favorite 212
Favorite 217
612        
613        
614   An Evening Song
My Dreams
John Jamieson (baritone)  
       
639 6566-t
6567-t
The Cubanola Glide
I Like Your Apron And Your Bonnet
Jack Charman (may be Will Terry ?) Favorite 412
       
658   The Unlucky Beggers
Laughing
Billy Whitlock (comedian) Favorite 607
659 2676-b
.
Roamin' In the Gloamin'
Breakfast In Bed
Sandy Maclean (= Jock Maclean)
Sandy Maclean (= Sandy MacGregor)
Favorite 308
Favorite 401
660 6540-t
.
It's My Thistle
Whistling Bowery Boy
Sandy Maclean (comedian, with orch accmp) (= Sandy MacGregor)
Chas. Lawson (= George Grossmith)
Favorite 505
Favorite 517 ?
661 6250%-t
6251-t
Timothy, Let's Have a Look
I'm Proud Of My Old Bald Head
Harry Champion (comic) Favorite 368
Favorite 385
         
679 .
4296-t
Beyong The Stars
Beautiful Garden Of Roses
Stanley Kirkby (baritone) Favorite 487
Favorite 036
680        
681 5817-t
6457-t
When Father Papered The Parlour
Let's All Go Mad
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 332
Favorite 408
682        
683        
684 ?
5818-t
Mrs. B.
Willie's Wild Woodbines
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 479
Favorite 331
685        
686        
687        
688 5820-t
6548-t
You're The One
I'll Lend You My Best Girl
Billy Williams (comedian) Favorite 352
Favorite 430
689        
690        
       
701 13924-o
 
The Gaby Glide
Mysterious Rag
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (= Harry Cove &  ? Jack Charman) Favorite 532
Favorite 549
702 13932-o Oh, You Beautiful Doll Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin Favorite 531
703        
704        
705 6566-t 
.
Cubanola Glide
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Bob Clifford (= Will Terry)
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin
Favorite 412
Favorite 549
706        
707 .
13902-o
The Ragtime Ragshop
Have A Drop Of Gin, Joe
Harry Champion Favorite 533
Favorite 547
       
724 6572%-t
.
A Lecture On Beer
I Won't Go Home To-Night
Billy Whitlock Favorite 444
Favorite 504
725        
726        
727 6546-t
6550-t
I Don't Care
What's The Matter With Father?
Billy Williams (comedian)    [see also 272, which has been confirmed] Favorite 430
Favorite 458
728        
729 11876-o
.
Don't Keep Me Waiting Any Longer
I'm On My Honeymoon
Jack Charman Favorite 402
Favorite 384
730 11905-o
.
All Clear Out Of The Park
The Insurance Pill
Harry Bluff Favorite 372
Favorite 442
731 14232-o
14235-o
The Ghost Of The Violin
The Ragtime Soldier Man
Bob Clifford & Bob Goldin (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman) Favorite 560
732        
733        
734 ?
13895-o
Dear Brown Eyes (F. Canham)
Valse Royale (Partridge)
The Lyric Imperial Orchestra Favorite 637
Favorite 539
735 1581-f
?
Amoureuse, waltz
Nightingale Polka
Lyric Imperial Orchestra (= Favorite Orchestra (Paris))
Lyric Imperial Orchestra (= Earl of Lonsdale's Private Military Band)
Favorite 12
Favorite 133
736        
737        
738   Pluie D'or, waltz
The Wedding Of The Rose
Lyric String Orchestra (= Paris Grande Opera String Band)
Lyric String Orchestra (= Favorite String Orchestra)
Favorite 15
Favorite 612
739 212-xx
.
Blue Bells Of Scotland
The Phantom Melody (Ketelbey)
Ellis Potter (concertina) (= Reginald Hayden)
Bertram Jeans ('cello) (= Maurice Colmor)
Favorite 654
Favorite 653
740        
741   Lively Kittens
Torchlight March
Robert Ward (xylophone) (= Billy Whitlock) Favorite 670
742 13243-o
.
When The Women Earn All The Money
A Fat Lot To Crow About
Ben Albert Favorite 564
Favorite 645
743        
744        
745   Wot A Gardin (sic)
Nature's Made Some Big Mistakes (as "...A Big Mistake" on label)
Pearly Bill (= Harry Bluff) Favorite 633
746        
747   Down In Dear Old New Orleans
Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy
Cove & Summers (= Harry Cove & Jack Charman)
Rose Barry
Favorite 602
Favorite 660
748        
749 765-t
767-t
Christians, Awake
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
Lyric Mixed Quartette (= Favorite Mixed Quartette) Favorite 285
Favorite 284
750 766-t
768-t
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Lyric Mixed Quartette (= Favorite Mixed Quartette) Favorite 285
Favorite 284
751   Hold The Fort The Lyric Trombone Quartette Favorite 673
752        
753        
754        
755 .
13535-o
Breast Of Mutton
My Sporting Guide
Harry Bluff Favorite 605
Favorite 520
756        
757        
758        
759        

Then, the 12" green-labelled ones - very short of examples!

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Notes
1        
2        
3 La Gazza Ladra (Rossini) The Imperial Grand Orchestra, London  
4        
5        
6        
7        
8        
9        
10        
11
12        
13        
14        
15        
16        
17        
18  
19 A Night In Venice
On With The Motley ("Pagliacci" - Leoncavallo)
Florence Spencer & Herb Williams
Herbert Williams
 
20