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British 78rpm record labels whose name begins with D. Using the letter links below you can see pages for other letters.
Unless otherwise noted, all research and images are my own, but as you will see, many other people have helped, especially with the label catalogue listings.

All images are thumbnails, so clicking on them will display a full-sized image. Where the label name is a link, clicking it will take you to a new page with more information and, in most cases, an attempt to list all issues on that label.

Page last updated on: February 24, 2018

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Label Label Description Images
Dacapo Originally a German-only label, launched in 1907, Dacapo appeared in Britain in 1910 with a catalogue starting at 1, priced at 2/6 (12.5p). The label was not dissimilar to Zonophone to look at. In 1913, the company became part of the Carl Lindstrom group. Production in Britain ceased soon after the outbreak of WWI with some later issues having the place of origin (Berlin) expunged from the label.  

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the second label scan, showing the design for the 12" records..

Daily Herald Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Danceland Danceland records first appeared about 1948 and were a result of differences between the Association of Ballrooms and the record companies regarding licences to use gramophone records in dance halls.
The records were in both 10" and 12" sizes and were recorded by Master Sound Systems (MSS), using their "ffidelitone" system and also by Gui de Buire (and probably others). There were a number of designs and colours and series, usually depending on the type of dance on the record. Many had a strobe around the edge of the label to ensure the correct tempo when played.
In 1951, the price of records is known to be 5/- for the 10" records.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label images.

Darbycord If anyone has any information about this, or other records with this label, I would very interested  to know more about this.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Darling's Dream A little-known label which dates from pre-WWI and was one of the many German-produced records for export to an English-Speaking market, possibly Britain. I believe it was a 7 inch record.
Decca Decca had been manufacturing gramophones in Britain since 1914, but didn't enter the record business until 1929. Despite the economic situation, the record company flourished and signed many established big names such as Ambrose and Jack Hylton, also giving chances to new names like Roy Fox, eventually becoming the only other major record company with EMI. 
Note regarding master numebers: GA/GB- series were recorded at the Chenil Galleris, TA/TB-series at Thames Bridge, DR-series were a continuation of the Rex label R- series foillowing Decca's takeover of Crystalate in 1937.

Initially, theere were two disctinct series: the standard series with blue labels had F- prefixes for 10", starting at 1500. The label design changed little over the years until the mid-1950s when the silver-on-blue design shown here appeared with the famous "ffrr" ear logo. The equivalent 12" series had a K- prefix, but the labels were brown initially, before changing to blue like the 10" and later red.
The more expensive series was fairly short-lived: the M- series (Magenta) for 10" and the T- series for the 12" with the same design. Later M-series issues had a rec label (see examples).
For classical music there were a number of series & colours all linked to Decca's agreement with the German Polydor company.
Full listings of the various Decca series have been published by the CLPGS.

Decibel According to the label, these were produced by The Dixon Roadhouse Recording company of Manchester. Probably dating to the 1940s or 1950s, the ones I have seen are of trad. jazz or big band material.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.

Defiance Defiance records were a very short-lived venture by a company called W.H. Reynolds Ltd, who took over the defunct Disc Record Company's factory in 1915, following the DRC's demise a few months before. They announced that they were planning to produce Defiance records, made from a new unbreakable material, and 24 records were listed in a press release. None of these has yet been found in recent research.

The image shown here is a composite, based on a rather poor monochrome copy and a description of the colours. It has been cleaned up, thanks to some excellent and painstaking work by Norman Field & Steve Walker, but can only be a guide until an actual record turns up.

Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records. Also a label scan

Degel This would appear to be of Hebrew recordings, dating from 1946, and the record was recorded and made by Levy's Sound Studios. There is no catalogue number, so it may be a one-off issue.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Delta A post-WWII jazz label first appearing in October 1948, the Delta label was owned by Mike Daniels and concentrated on British and European Traditional Jazz recordings, many by Daniels' own jazz band. Initially pressed in vinyl, they were expensive at 9/- for 10" records and 11/6 for 12", but subsequent pressings were in shellac, and were probably slightly cheaper. They were recorded by Payne's Recording Services and were available from Payne's music shop of 213, Bromley Road, London and from jazz clubs and specialist dealers.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Delyse The Delyse Recording Company of Wallington Road, London, was owned by Isabella Wallach, the grand-neice of Fred Gaisberg, the Gramophone Company's first recording expert. All examples seen are of Welsh language, and date from the mid-1950s; the records being manufactured by Levy's Oriole record Company.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label image.
Derby A 10" record dating to about 1914, manufactured in Germany for the British market. None have been seen recently, and their production would have been curtailed by the outbreak of WWI that year.
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records. Also a label scan
Diamond The first known Diamond label used Kalliope masters, and was pressed In Germany for J. Blum & Co. (see first image). It dates to pre-WWI (probably early 1914).
Then there was  a 10" vertical cut disc produced by Pathe from 1915 for the Diamond Disc Record Company Ltd of 81 City Road London. Like Pathe records of the period, it initially had no paper label, but the details were etched in light blue in the label area (see 2nd image). Unlike Pathes it was an "ouside start" record. They were cheap at 1/6 each. In 1916, Pathe took over completely and for the next few years the record had paper labels until it's demise in about 1918.
There may well be a third label, dating to the pre-1920 period, but only a sketch for the design has ever been seen.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photos.


(Flexible picture disc)

A rare flexible picture record available at irregular intervals from 1930 until about 1935, Diamond records, like their forunner above, cost just 1/6. The records were very similar to (and shared a patent with) the similar "Trusound" picture records, and you could have the record custom-pressed with your own choice of picture pressed between the clear plastic sides. 
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records.
Dinky An Edison Bell product, rather like the small "Bell" record, Dinky is very much rarer, though was probably available during the same time span. The only examples I have use a 3-digit catalogue series in the 400s, and the record is a little under 5" in size.
Diploma One of the many labels available in Britain before the first World War. They were pressed for J. Blum & Co from 1911, initially by Edison Bell, then by Kalliope and finally by the Disc Record Company of Harrow. There were three separate designs, too!
Dix Dix  was a music publishers, established over many years. This would appear to be their house label, probably dating from the 1950s. This is the only example I've ever seen.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the image.
Dixons A Private recording serice based in Derby
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the image.
Dixy Dixy was a 6" record produced by The Gramophone Company during the mid-1920s. All were acoustically recorded. The dance band items seem to all be by an orchestra, sounding rather old-fashioned and raggy for 1925-6. Numbering started at 501-D and it is believed only 25 different ones were issued.
Dolmetsch The Dolmetsch family were makers of various  keyboards instruments based in Surrey. The records bearing their name date to 1937 & 1938. They were 10" size with a catalogue series numbered DR-1 upwards and cost 4/- each.
 Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Dominion Dominion records were produced between 1928 and 1930. The company was part owned by Cameo records (of America) and the records seemed to be made of the same rather poor quality material. There were three series; the cream-labelled A-1 to A-267, the blue labelled "classical" B-1, and the C-300 series mainly with red labels.
Donaldson's Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Dragons Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Dreadnought A paste-over label dating from WWI, used as a way of selling off German-produced records during the war. The only one so far reported was pasted over a Coliseum record.
A label scan would be gratefully received!
Drury A local record company based in Rochdale, presumably dating from post-WWII (see scan).
Rather oddly, the label leaves no space to include the details of what is on the record itself !
Duophone A rather eccentric record label, with more different series than you can shake a stick at! They were made of the usual shellac to start with before Noel Pemberton-Billing devised the unbreakable manufacture involving a layered paper core covered with some sort of plasticised rubber.  Unfortunately for us, this material has tended to perish with age and they have become probably the most fragile records you can find ! 
Durium Britain's equivalent of "Hit-of-the-Week" records were available, like their American counterparts, weekly from news-stands. They were only available between April 1932 and January 1933, however. Made of cardboard with a thin celluloid coating, the recording quality was quite good, but a bit thin, probably due to the fine grooving to allow two (almost) full-length tunes to be put on one side.  The series ran from EN-0 upwards and were mainly British matrices, with just a handful of American ones, some from Hit of the Week, and some recorded in America specifically for Durium in Britain, the latter being veyr rare as they were quickly withdrawn due to some copyright or contract infringement.

In the 1950s there was another Durium label, made in England, which contained Italian music recorded by Durium of Italy (see second image - thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for this image).

Click here to view Hans Koert's weblog about Hit-of-The-Week and Durium, and click here to see his online discographies of the various Durium series. I have now transcribed Hans' research on to my own page; to view this, click on the label name to the left here.

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