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Olympic records were produced Levy's Phono and Cycle Stores of High Street, Whitechapel, London.

There were three series produced; all were manufacture by The Crystalate Manufacturing Company.

The first series used Grammavox masters (Sound Recording Compamy) and had a violet label with gold printing and had JA- prefixed catalogue numbers. These date to just prior to WWI.

The second series dates from 1919 to about 1922. These used "Popular" masters which also belonged to the Sound Recording Company. The catalogue series ran from 100, with no prefix. The labels were usually red, but, like Popular, the colour could vary depending on the paper the company could get.

Finally, in the mid-1920s the label made its third appearance, the masters now being Crystalate's own, also issued on Imperial. Just to confuse things, these also used a 100- series catalogue range. The labels were red with gold printing. Many (if not all) are just pasted over standard Imperial pressings. It has been reported that some have the same catalogue number as the original Imperial issue, but none of the details sent to me bear this out.





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 information for this page.
Thanks also to the following:
John Culley, Bill Dean-Myatt, Norman Field, Robert Godridge, Keith Hubbard, Mike Jones, Paul Kilmartin, Ian McPherson, Adam Miller, Richard Prout

Page last updated on: December 19, 2017

First, the JA- series:

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Source
JA-1        
JA-2        
JA-3        
JA-4        
JA-5        
JA-6        
JA-7        
JA-8        
JA-9        
JA-10        
JA-11        
JA-12 25
29
Oberon, overture (Weber)
La Mattchiche (La Sorella), march (Borel-Clerc)
Royal Imperial Guards Band  
         
JA-35 162 x1
163
William Tell, side C
William Tell, side D
British Imperial Guards Band Grammavox A-96
JA-36        
JA-37 189
190
Eplers' Whiskers
Temptation Rag
Empire Guards Band (= Grammavox Military Band) Grammavox A-110
JA-38        
JA-39 178 Alexander's Ragtime Band Empire Guards Band (= Grammavox Military Band) Grammavox A-97
JA-40        
JA-41        
JA-42        
JA-43        
JA-44        
JA-45        
JA-46        
JA-47 122 x2 Cujus Animam The Empire Guards Band  
JA-48 44
55
Amina (Linke)
Zampa, overture (Herold)
The Empire Guards Band  
JA-49        
JA-50        
         
JA-108 4086
4087
I'm On My Honeymoon
We All Go The Same Way Home
Jack Charman  
         
JA-117   On The Same Place Every Time Bert Bartley  
JA-118        
JA-119        
JA-120        
JA-121        
JA-122        
JA-123 4049
4052
Trouble
Come With Me Down Regent Street
Jack Charman
Fred Harvey (= Jack Charman)
 
         
JA-139 14003
14005
Jim Bludso
What Vor Do Ee Love Oi (Words: A. Chevalier; Music: A.H. West)
J.H. Scotland (recitation)  
         
JA-149 4125
4127
Hello, Susie Green
I've Had My Fortune Told
Mack Culley
Jack Charman
 
JA-150        
JA-151        
JA-152        
JA-153 4081
4090
I Shall Sulk
The Doctor's Advice
Jack Charman
Fred Esquire
 
JA-154        
JA-155 58 At A Georgia Camp Meeting Empire Guards Band (= Grammavox Military Band) Grammavox A-23
         
JA-167 200
201
Policeman's Holiday
Down South
Imperial Full Military Band  
JA-168        
JA-169 4141
 
I've Only Come Down For The Day
Far Far Away
Sam Mayo Grammavox E-80
JA-170 4143
4144
I Went To Sleep Again
Wallah Wallah Wallaperoo
Sam Mayo Grammavox E-81
JA-171        
JA-172 4149
4150
I Might, I Might Not
Lead Me To That Beautiful Band
Jack Charman  
JA-173        
JA-174        
JA-175 4170
4171
Ragtime Jockey Man (Irving Berlin)
Hitchy Koo (Muir & Abrahams)
Bros. Jake and Jake Popular E-90 ?
         
JA-193   Cotton Blossoms, cake walk (Hall)
Gipsy Love, waltz (Franz Lehar)
British Empire Military Band  
         
JA-211 128

Polonaise (Chopin)
The Bride Elect, march (Sousa)
Royal Military Band  
         
JA-238 6002
6003
Traumerei - reverie (Schumann)
L'Extase (Thome)
Philip Lewis (violin, with piano accmp)  
         
JA-244 6032
6033
Titl's Serenade
Schubert's Serenade
The St James Quartette Grammavox C-1
         
JA-254 4001
4095
Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay
The Night I Fought Jack Johnson
Owen Way
Harry Bluff
 
         
JA-261 4081
 
The Drug Stores
Our Wedding
Harry Bluff  
         
JA-325 2011
2051
Roses (Adams)
When We're Together (James)
Alf Heather (tenor)
Miss B. Bowness (soprano)
 
         
JA-367 8020x2
8026x1
Tenor And Baritone
The Venetian Song
Mr. B. Ellis & Mr. H. Williams
Mr. W. Virgo & Miss H. Mulligan
 
         


Now, the first 100- series from just after WWI.

Cat No Matrix Title Labelled Artists Source
101        
102        
103        
104        
105        
106 2669
2670
Our Big Jazz Band
Everything Is Peaches Down In Georgia
The Belmont Duettists  
107        
108        
109 2676 At Half-Past Nine Ed Dace ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-927
110        
111        
112 2683
2689
The Wild, Wild Women
Dancing Dan
The Belmont Duettists
Ed Dace ( = Jack Charman)

Popular P-932
113        
114        
115        
116 2673
 
Memories
When Love Peeps In At The Window
Mr. J. Bennett
Wilson Rendall
 
117        
118 2686
2694
Down In Virginia
Mandy And Me
The Belmont Duettists  
119        
120 2731 Everybody Loves Their Li'l Old Home The Belmont Duettists Popular P-961
121 2703 Why Didn't You Tell Me? Ed Dace ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-942
122 2722
2725
How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm (Donaldson)
I've Got The 'Blue Ridge Blues' (Cook & Whiting)
The Belmont Duettists (w/orch) (= Jack Charman & Lionel Rothery)  
123        
124   California And You The Belmont Duettists  
125 2724
 
Li'l Liza Jane
I Miss The Old Folks
Ed Dace ( = Jack Charman)
The Belmont Duettists
Popular P-948
 
126        
127 2713
 
A Bull In A China Shop
Oh, Say!
Olympic Orchestra Popular P-945
 
128        
129 2711
2716
The Missouri Waltz
Buzz-Buzz Jazz (H. Darewski)
The "Olympic" Orchestra  
130        
131        
132        
133        
134        
135 2731
2733
Everybody Loves Their Li'l Old Home
Old Tennessee Me
The Belmont Duettists Popular P-961
Popular P-953
136 2730
2732
In Old Baltimore
Where The Blu-Eyed Mary's Grow
The Belmont Duettists Popular P-953
Popular P-954
137 2743
2746
In The Land Of Beginning Again
If Love Were All
Douglas Payne  
138        
139 2741 If You're Irish, Come Into The Parlour Ed Dace (= Jack Charman) Popular P-962
140        
141        
142 2739
2740
Till We Meet Again
Tony, The Swiss Mountaineer
The Belmont Deuttists
Ed Dace (= Jack Charman)
Popular P-961
Popular P-962
143        
144 2747 Baby Tank Olympic Orchestra Popular P-963
145        
146 2753 Hindustan Olympic Orchestra Popular P-966
147        
148        
149        
150   Palm Tree Island The Belmont Duettists  
151        
152 2757
2760
Abe, Abe My Boy
I Want To Go Down The Strand
Vocal
Vocal Duo
 
153        
154 2762
2765
Oh! Oh! That Lancashire Jazz Band
What The Colonel Told The Adjutant
The Olympic Duettists
Tom Spencer ( = Jack Charman)

Popular P-970
155        
156 2764 You're Never Too Old To Love A Girl Tom Spencer ( = Jack Charman)  
157 2758 Oh, Georgie! What Are You Going To Do? Tom Spencer ( = Jack Charman)  
158        
159        
160 2769
 
Varmer Giles
Big Chief Sandy Mac
The Olympic Duettists Popular P-977
 
161   Indianola The Olympic Duettists Popular P-978
162        
163        
164 2774 Oh! Helen Tom Spencer ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-980
165 2780
2787
Any Girl From Anywhere
Pennsylvani-Ah
The Olympic Duettists  
166 2781
2782
Muldoon's Big Bassoon
Mademoiselle From Armentiers
The Olympic Duettists
Popular P-985
167 2788 Inky Pinky Parley Vous Tom Spencer ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-987
168        
169        
170        
171        
172        
173        
174   Quaint Old Normandy Town
Give Her A Great Big Kiss For Me
   
175        
176        
177        
178        
179        
180        
181        
182        
183        
184        
185 2823
2830
Don't Worry, Just Trundle On (Sterndale Bennett)
What Do You Mean By Loving Somebody Else?
Mr. Fred Burgess
The Olympic Duettists
 
186        
187        
188        
189        
190        
191        
192        
193        
194        
195        
196        
197        
198        
199        
200 2855 The Night That O'Raffertey's Pig Ran Away Fred Spink ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-1024
201        
202        
203        
204        
205        
206        
207        
208        
209        
210        
211        
212        
213        
214        
215        
216 2913
2914
You'd Be Surprised
That Kentucky Home Of Mine
Armstrong & Allen Popular P-1053
Popular P-1052
217        
218        
219        
220 2945
2950
When The Harvest Moon Is Shining
Swanee
Armstrong & Allen Popular P-1071
Popular P-1070
221 2937
2944
I'm Getting Tired Playing Second Fiddle
I Left My Heart In Maryland
Olympic Orchestra
Armstrong & Allen
Popular P-1065
Popular P-1073
222        
223        
224 2947 Wyoming Lullaby Armstrong & Allen Popular P-1071
225        
226        
227 2948
2965
Louisiana
My House Is Haunted (Stanley & Allen)
Armstrong & Allen
Fred Spink (comedian)
Popular P-1073
228        
229        
230        
231 2968
 
Mystery
Peach Melba
Olympic Orchestra Popular P-1084
Popular P-1094
232   Do I? Yes I Do
Archie, P.C.
Fred Spink ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-1090
Popular P-1092
233   Down In Georgia
By Gum, She Will An' All
Fred Spink ( = Jack Charman) Popular P-1090
Popular P-1092
234        
235 2995 Sour Grapes Olympic Orchestra Popular P-1096
236 2951 They'll Never Know Me In Old Dahomey Armstrong & Allen Popular P-1072
237        
238        
239        
240        
241 3003 Oh, By jingo Oh, By Gee Armstrong & Allen Popular P-1099
242        
243        
244        
245        
246        
247        
248        
249 2867
2894
The Promise Of Spring, waltz
Vision Of Happiness, waltz
M. Mackness (accordion)  
250        
251        
252        
253 3024 Omaha waltz (Nicholls)
Heyday Of Youth, waltz (Russell)
Olympic Sextette Popular P-1112
Popular P-1111
254   Soudan
The Love Nest
anon (dance band)  
255        
256        
257        
258        
259        
260        
261        
262        
263        
264        
265 3080
3081
If You're Going Back To Dixie
Blue Bird
The Premier Harmonists
Harold Oliver (baritone)
Popular P-1135
266 3075
3077
Carolina Honeymoon
I Want A Boy
The Premier Harmonists Popular P-1133
 
267        
268        
269 3115
3119
Coal Black Mammy
Amazon (waltz)
sung by the Olympic Orchestra [sic]  
270 3113
3118
My Gee-Gee From The Fiji Isle
Silver Star (waltz)
Armstrong & Allen (duettists)
The Olympic Orchestra
 
271        
272        
273        
274        
275        
276        
277        
278        
279        
280        

Finally, the second 100- series from the 1920s, which I believe are ALWAYS pasted over existing Imperial records. I think there must have been more than one series, judging by the range of numbers. A large batch of the 2000- series turned up in New Zealand, which may be a clue as to the destination of that range of numbers (at least).

Cat No Control Master Title Labelled Artists Pasted Over...
120          
121 957
958
7051
7052
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Hosanna
organ solo (= Edmund Cromwell) Imperial 1867
122          
123          
124          
125          
126          
127          
128          
129 774
784
6332
6421
Down By The Winegar Woiks (waltz)
Always (waltz)
Dance Orchestra (= Nathan Glantz & his Orch.) Imperial 1573
130 775
783
6316
6317
Smile A Little Bit
I Love My Baby
Olympic Dance Orchestra (= Sam Lanin & his Orch.) Imperial 1574
           
1116   4878
4879
1812 Overture, parts 1 & 2 Military Band (= Band of H.M. Irish Guards) Imperial 1949
           
1391   3768
3773
Shanghai
Radio Dream Girl
anon. (= Robert Kinnear (= Robert Howe), baritone)
anon. (= J. Boyd, with the Imperial Trio)
Imperial 1424
1392          
1393 646
647
5864
5843
Indian Love Call
Rose Marie
anon (= Yvette Rugel (soprano, with orch))
anon (= Billy Burton (= Chas. Harrison) (tenor w orch.))
Imperial 1426
           
1417   3782
3846
Samuel Johnson's Christening
A Farmyard Serenade
anon (= Fred Masters, with piano accmp) Imperial 1467
           
1443   3897
3898
One Of These Days
The Tale The Teardrop Told
song (= Fred Bishop, with piano accmp)
song (= Eric Partington, with piano accmp)
Imperial 1497
           
2032   3592
3593
Like A Child With A Toy
Don't Waste Your Tears Over Me
Song, with orch accmp (= Charles Bonheur (Robert Howe))
Song, with orch accmp (= Robert Kinnear (Robert Howe))
Imperial 1295
           
2046 575
572
5470
5554
Who is The Meanest Girl In Town? Josephine
Hard Hearted Hannah
Dance Orchestra (= Six Black Diamonds (Joseph Samuels' Orch)
Dance Band (= Fletcher Henderson & his Orch)
Imperial 1329
           
2069   3687
3689
Les P'tits New De New York
Quand On A L'Pepin
Dance Orchestra (= Star Dance Orch (Stan Greening's Dance Orch.)) Imperial 1378
           
2073   3732
3733
N'est pas la meme chose quand on est deux
Tout l'monde fait ca
Dance Orchestra (= Stan Greening's Dance Orch.) Imperial 1394
2074   3716
3717
I'm Looking For The Merry Sunshine
The Queen's Doll House
Dance Orchestra (= Stan Greening's Dance Orch.) Imperial 1397
2075          
2076   3749
3751
Where's My Sweetie Hiding?
Let Me Be The First To Kiss You Good Morning
Song, with orch accmp (= Lionel Rothery)
Song, with orch accmp (= Eric Leurance)
Imperial 1403
           
2085 641
658
5810
5887
I'll See You In My Dreams
Florida
Billy Jones (vocal Chorus) (= Fletcher Henderson & his Orch)
- (= House Band (Domenico Savino & his Orch.)
Imperial 1454
           
2091 598
697
5885
5901
Cheatin' On Me
Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
Dance Orchestra (= Moulin Rouge Orchestra (Ben Selvin's Orch))
Dance Orchestra (= Nathan Glantz & his Orch)
Imperial 1488
           
2104 620
625
5726
5778
Oh! How I Love My Darling
Where's My Sweetie Hiding?
Dance Orchestra (= Bar Harbor Society Orchestra)
Jazz Band (= Missouri Jazz Band (Sam Lanin & his Orch))
Imperial 1396
           
2130   3841
3845
I'll Take Her Back
Jealous
Song, with orch accmp (= Syd Jefferson)
Song, with orch accmp (= Charles Bonheur (Robert Howe))
Imperial 1462
           
2135 663
665
5883
105948
Ah! Ha!
Indian Dawn
Dance Orchestra (= Hollywood Dance Orch (California Ramblers))
Dance Orchestra (= Imperial Dance Orch (Nathan Glantz & his Orch.))
Imperial 1464
           
2142   4415
4417
Raymond Overture, part 1 (Ambroise Thomas)
Raymond Overture, part 2 (Ambroise Thomas)
Band (= Australian Commonwealth Band) Imperial 1617
2143          
2144   4453
4454
Oh! Miss Hannah!
Let The End Of The World Come Tomorrow
Song, with orch accmp (= Harry Shalson, with violin & piano accmp)) Imperial 1631
           
2155 606
588
5593
5615
Somebody Loves Me
Tessie, Stop Teasing Me
Dance Orchestra (= Imperial Dance Orchestra (California Ramblers)
Dance Orchestra (= Roseland Dance ORchestra (Sam Lanin & his Orch)
Imperial 1383
           
2160   3601
3602
Horsey, Keep Your Tail Up
Gigolette
Dance Orchestra (= Stan Greening's Dance Orch) Imperial 1309
           
2177 811
823
6429
6540
Truly I Do (waltz)
At Peace With The World (waltz)
Dance Orchestra (= Hollywood Dance Orchestra (Nathan Glantz & his Orch))
Dance Orchestra (= Hollywood Dance Orchestra (Adrian Schubert & his Orch))
Imperial 1600
2178   3321
3322
Suez
Caravan
Dance Orchestra (= Derrick's Band) Imperial 1083
2179          
2180          
2181 646
642
5764
5804
Oh! Mabel
Will You Remember Me?
Dance Orchestra (= Golden Gate Orchestra (California Ramblers))
Dance Orchestra (= Imperial Dance Orchestra (Ben Selvin & his Orch)
Imperial 1418
           
2188   4515
4516
That Certain Feeling
Looking For A Boy
Song, with piano & violin accmp (= Peter Rush (Ramon Newton)) Imperial 1663
           
2212   259
265
The Porcupine Patrol
The Pelican's Parade
Band (= Imperial Guards Band) Imperial 871
           
2217   3262
3278
Smilin' Thro'
The Sheik Of Araby
Baritone (= Stanley Kirk (Stanley Kirkby) Imperial 1055
           
2224 538
548
5383
5459
If You'll Come Back
What'll I Do? (waltz)
Dance Orchestra (= Sam Lanin & his Orch)
Dance Orchestra (= Lucky Strike Orchestra (Sam Lanin & his Orch))
Imperial 1303
2225          
2226 556
557
5523
5488
Shine
Hula-Hula Dream Girl
Dance Orchestra (= Sam Lanin & his Orch.)
Dance Orchestra (= Adrian Schubert & his Orch.)
Imperial 1319
           
2234 611
612
5592
5691
Follow The Swallow
Southern Rose
Dance Orchestra (= Continental Dance Orchestra (Harold Oxley & his Orch.))
Dance Orchestra (= California Ramblers)
Imperial 1385
           
2247   3954
3958
I've Found A Bud Among The Roses (from "The Blue Kitten")
Smoke Rings (from "The Blue Kitten")
Song with orch accmp (= Guy Victor (Maurice Elwin))
Song with orch accmp (= Robert Kinnear (Robert Howe))
Imperial 1550
           
2271   218
221
Smiles Then Kisses (valse)
Always Gay (valse)
Dance Band (= The London Concert Band) Imperial 873