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British 78rpm record labels whose name begins with H. 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: March 26, 2018

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Label Label Description Images
Happy Time A 7" vinyl or plastic record produced for children in the early 1960s. The records were sold in picture sleeves, usually depicting a scene from a nursery rhyme on the record, and the plastic material of the record was sometimes multicoloured.
Harmonic This was a semi-private label dating from the 1950s used by the Charles Brull publishing house for pressing up recordings of their library music.
My thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Harmony A British label of this name was announced in the trade magazines in March 1934 with an initial list of 6 records of popular tunes (possibly by dance bands) being sold by Harmony Electrics of Oxford. None have ever been reported, and it may be the records never actually appeared.

In March 1949, another Harmony record briefly appeared, issued by The Mayfair Record Company of 45, Dorset St, Baker St. London, which included recordings by Jimmy McPartland's Jazz Band (American recordings), Billy Ternant & his Orchestra and a very young Frankie Howerd. The records cost 5/9 and were pressed by Decca.
Thanks to Graham Farnell, Bill Dean-Myatt & Justin Macauley for helping with this listing.
Harmony In addition to the above, there was a private label with this name, based in Liverpool; see second image. I know nothing about this company or even the period the example dates from.
Harper-Columbia Harper-Columbia records were single-faced records and 5" in size. They were imported from America and sold in the UK under the name Hodder-Columbia in the 3-disc Bubble Books in 1920 and 1921.

My thanks to Richard Prout for the image of the Bubble Book.
Heart Heart records were available for a short period just prior to WWI, in 1913-14. They were pressed in Germany using Dacapo masters and also had Dacapo catalogue numbers, in 10" and 12" size. They are extremely rare, possibly because of a court case in 1914, where it was found that the manufacturer had neglected to past copyright stamps on some of the records, and were instructed to destroy all unstamped records.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.
Hebrophon A pre-WWI German-manufactured record that was marketed in Britain by one Richard Vogel. The label (as you can see) has the information in four different languages, thus eliminated the need for separate labelling for different countries. Even so, they are extremely rare. The label name comes from the record being produced in Germany for Otto Hebron of Leipzig.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for the label scan.

(sold in New Zealand)

Herald were produced for a Mr E.W. Pidgeon of Auckland, New Zealand from 1913. There were two catalogue series: A single digit start (i.e. 1 upwards) to about 130 produced by Edison Bell in London and a second series starting at 1000 running up to about 1050 using Beka/Lindstrom masters. Both were made in Britain.

Click here to go to Adam Miller's site for his listing of this label.
Thanks also to Adam for permission to use his label images here
Please e-mail me or Adam with details of any of these records not in his listing

Herald (UK) These date from the 1950s.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for this label scan
Herman Darewski This well-known band leader and music publisher also produced his own record label; judging by this example they were personal recordings. Any information about this operation or details of any other records will be gratefully received
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for this label scan
Hibernia The Hibernia Record Co, the trading name of a Mr. J. Harris, started at the turn of the 19th century in Dublin, Ireland. Hibernia records, manufactured in Germany, were available in the "gramophone boom" period just before WWI, using Homophon(e) masters. The catalogue series started at 1, but it is not known how far it ran.
His Master's Voice Probably the most famous name in record production in the world; certainly the trade mark is! The name was introduced in 1910 as the main trade name for The Gramophone Company. HMV records (as they are generally known) was the premium product, costing more than all the others and with the top artists. The name has survived the merger with Columbia in 1931 and all the subsequent shake-ups of the record industry and still stands for quality!
Hollick & Taylor Based in Handsworth, Birmingham, the Hollick & Taylor recording studios has played quite a major role in the recording industry since the 1940s and the same studio is still in use today (2015). Most of the records with their label which turn up, are one-off laquer ("acetate") discs, but occasionally they did have shellac records pressed up, as in this example, which dates from 1954.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for this label image.
Homo Baby Homo Baby was a 6" record produced by The Gramophone Company during the mid-1920s. All were acoustically recorded. The dance band items are all by an orchestra (i.e. no saxes or banjo) directed by George Byng, sounding very old-fashioned for 1926. However, the later dance records are believed to be directed by Bert Firman, and so are likely to be by a proper dance band.
Numbering started at 1 and ran for about 54 issues. The sides were suffixed -C and -D.
It is not currently known for whom they were made.
Homochord The German Homophon Company started exporting their Homophon (later Homophone) records to England in 1906 and started the Homochord label in 1913, both labels fading out in England during WWI. In 1921, the Homochord label was revived, pressed by the Universal Music Company and subsequently Vocalion, Pathe and the Gramophone Company all had a hand in producing these quite exotic-looking records. The British Homophone Company also produced their own masters and took complete control of pressing by the late 1920s. The label finally disappeared in 1934.
This was the predecessor to the Homochord label (above), being produced by Homophon in Germany from 1905, establishing a London studio in 1906 though still pressing the records in Germany. The label lasted until the outbreak of WWI in 1914.
Hudson Hudson records appeared first in 1934, issuing mainly light classical and strict-tempo dance music. Some of the dance records are by bands which made no other recordings, such as Howard Baker and his Orchestra, whose singer on record was a very young Vera Lynn, making her first recording. Some are labelled "Hudson Trusound", made for Cinemas and distributed by Winads Ltd. Hudsons are quite rare and the label was only around for a few years.

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