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British 78rpm record labels whose name begins with S. 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.

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Label Label Description Images
S & M These were issued by Swarbrick & Mossman of Glasgow. Most issues seem to be of Sandy Brown's Jazz Band, of Edinburgh and some by Archie Semple. The records were available from 1949 to 1952 and were limited edition pressings.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Sagomes The proprietor was Eduardo sa Gomes, a music dealer in Trinidad. He organised the recordings, usually in New York, and the records were pressed by Decca in the UK and sold in the Caribbean.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Saturn These attractive picture discs were produced on behalf of ASICo (The Arts and Sciences Improvements Company). They were made out of something akin to the standard shellac, but with an image included within the upper surface. It is not known what the source of the recordings was, but the example I have here was made in England by Decca, though I have not seen anything that explains how these were manufactured. Dating them is tricky as well, but I would guess they are from the 1940s or 50s, but oddly, the run-off locked groove on mine is concentric in the manner of records from pre-1935. This implies to me that the recording is foreign, probably from a small specialist recording company. I would be grateful for any further information, or examples, preferably with images.
Savana Savana records were made for Rose, Morris and Company and appear to date, musically, from 1925-27. They were available in 5", 6" & 10" sizes. The 10" use Crystalate (Imperial) masters and cost 2/- each. The others use (Edison) Bell masters or (again) Crystalate ones. The label designs were identical for all sizes. The 10" used a 1500 series catalogue, the smaller ones use a 3-digit number.
 
Savoy A Savoy record was announced in about 1930 which appears to be a flexible picture record, maybe similar to a Goodson, with printing upon the surface, or a Trusound, with the picture encapsulated within the material. Photographs purporting to be of demonstrations of the flexibility of the records have been seen, but no records have ever been reported.

In September 1949, a new Savoy record appeared, issuing modern American Jazz recordings. The records were distributed by Melodisc and cost 5/9.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label images of the later Savoy records..

Scala Scala records first appeared in Britain in 1911, part of the cheap German import invasion which helped drive prices down at the time. They used mainly Beka masters at the time, and a catalogue series starting at 1. Following the end of the war, Scala had reached (nearly?) 1200, at which point it was aligned with Coliseum, and for the next 156 issues the two labels issued the same material on the same catalogue numbers (though using different pseudonyms). Scala continued then from 360 (i.e. dropping the leading '1',) with the label design as shown, right and by now made by Vocalion. The series reached 822 by 1927, when Vocalion ceased to to contract 10" pressings, to concentrate on their 8" Broadcast records.
Scala De Luxe Dating to 1914 - 1915, these were originally the 12" equivalent to the standard Scala record. The first issues used a catalogue series DL-1 to DL-400. Subsequently these were all re-issued in a numerical series starting, rather oddly, at 1497, running to 1579. The series continued from 1580 using new recordings, running up to about 1664. Then starting a new series from 5000 to 5039.
My thanks to Norman Field for the label scan.
Scala Grand Opera Record A rare series of three 10" records issued in the spring/summer of 1914, these were numbered 3001, 3002 and 3003 and cost 3/- each. Details of the reccords and the label design are not currently known to me. Any information, including a label scan would be gratefully received. Please email me if you can help.  
Scala Ideal This label was produced between 1923 and 1927 and the master pool is similar to the Grafton label (q.v.). Early issues use Federal and Emerson masters from America. Then subsequently, Pathe provided the source material. The catalogue numbers were in a 7000-series and there were just over 200 different records produced in the 4-year period. The records cost 1s 6d.
Scottish / Scotland's Music Week These two specoial records, dating from 1925 & 1926 respectively, were recorded by Columbia  to coincide with Scotland's annual Music Week.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label images.

Scottish Records Dating from the late 1940s, there were produced by Douglas Grey of Aberdeen.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Seeco A product of Vogue records, Seeco records were available from 1954 to 1956, and the source for many of the recordings was Seeco records inc. of New York, USA.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Sefono Sefono was a Durium / Hit of the Week product made for sale in France. Most of these were  made in the USA. However, some Sefono records state "Fabrique a Slough (Angleterre)" (Made in Slough (England)). These have a 6000-series catalogue number and an F-100 matrix. The late Hans Koert, who researched the Durium products for many years, thought these may have been also recorded in London. The music on the known issues is all French.  
Selcol A 6" disc, dating from the early 1950s, produced for children.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Selecta This is a series of 5 records, made by Parlophone in the late 1920s.
The records were produced for G.A. Bryen Ltd of 81, Southwark Street, London, who was the proprietor of Selecta Gramophones Ltd.
Cat No Master No. Title Artist
G.A.B 100   "Owd" Shuttleworth, part 1: The Tackler On Holiday
"Owd" Shuttleworth, part 2: The Tackler At Home
Walter Greenhalgh (comedian)
G.A.B 101 1348
1349
"Owd" Shuttleworth, part 3: The Tackler - Agean
"Owd" Shuttleworth, part 4: The Tackler - Agean
Walter Greenhalgh (comedian)
G.A.B 102 1915
1916
"Owd" Shuttleworth, part 5: Agean
"Owd" Shuttleworth, part 6: Agean
Walter Greenhalgh (comedian)
G.A.B 103 E-2659
E-2660
A Few Lancashire Gags, part 1
A Few Lancashire Gags, part 1
George Baldwin
G.A.B 104 E-2661
E-2662
A Few Lancashire Gags, part 1
A Few Lancashire Gags, part 1
George Baldwin
Shamrock This is obviously an Irish label, the example I have here dates from the late 1920s. Thanks to research undertaken by Bill Dean-Myatt, It has now been established that the masters used on this label were from Edison Bell (J.E. Hough) Ltd.
Siemens The was a one-off record to advertise SIemens' Opal and Pearl light bulbs. There's a certain amount of mystery about the record, but I would assume it was given away, probably at an exhibition. Although the record is not rare, it is unusual to find it in it's original sleeve. The mystery is that it has a catalogue number, which you wouldn't expect for a special issue. The record is of the "unbreakable" format, probably made by Worldecho or Duophone (both q.v.). The band, however, has a Piccadilly label sound to it, so maybe it was a contract recording.
Silvertone A British-made label dating from WWI, probably made at the Lindstrom works in Hertford. The masters are believed to mainly from Lindstrom (i.e. Beka) and the label carries the patents of Odeon Records, who were part of the same group of companies at the time.

In the early 1930s, a second Silvertone record appeared very briefly. This was an 8" record produced by British Homophone for sale in Selfridge's stores, using masters from their Plaza label. The label tells us they were specially selected by Christopher Stone. The records had a catalogue number series starting at S-1, but the series was very short-lived. In fact, I can only trace 3 records:


Silver Tone Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Simcha A short-lived label available in the early 1930s, Simcha drew its masters from Piccadilly, including some American Grey Gull items. Simcha is a Hebrew word meaning Joy or Gladness and is pronounced "Simka" (i.e. with the -ch- pronounced as a -K-.). The records were presumably made for a shop or store, but I don't know which one. The catalogue numbers are in a 10000-series and just over 50 were produced. 
Singer These were made by Decca in Englkand for Gallo Ltd of Africa . The tunes on this record date to the mid-late 1930s so the record dates to about that time, or maybe later.
Sirena Grand See SYRENA GRAND

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Smith A very obscure regional label dating from the WWI period. The labels of "Smith" records are subtitled "The Phono King" and hence probably refers to an early record shop. The address on the label is 262, Bramall Lane & Sheaf Market, Sheffield. They were pressed from Grammavox masters and had no catalogue numbers, just using the matrix numbers to refer to each side in a similar manner to German records of the period.
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records. Also a colour label scan
Soermus All of these records are by violinist and composer Edvard Soermus (1878 - 1940), but it is not known how many differnt ones were made. On the one shown here he is accompanied at the piano by his wife, Virginia (who was British).  The records date from about 1934 and were recorded and pressed by Crystalate for sale by Mrs Ellis of Erdington, Birmingham.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Solex British Homophone made Solex records. They were initially an 8" disc with a very fine groove, allowing playing time equal to a 10" disc, without getting too near the label. Solex was BH's first 8" disc, being available in 1930 & 1931. Catalogue numbers started logically at 1 and ran to about 70. In 1935, BH revivied the name for a short-lived 10" disc with a catalogue series starting at SX-101.
Solitaire Dating from the 1950s, and usually pressed in vinyl, these had two full-length poular tunes each side. They were distributed by Recordiscs Ltd.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Songs & Laughs Although only a monochrome copy of the label is available to view, it gives the appearance of Bulldog records of pre-1920, and indeed "The Passing Show" dates from 1914.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label image.
Soundwave One of the many pre-WWI labels pressed in Germany for the British market using masters from J. Blum & Co and possibly Polyphon. 

There are two series, possibly using two difference sources for masters; the records themselves are very scarce.

 


Sovereign A very short-lived and early disc record which appeared in 1907 for a few months, Sovereign were 10" double-sided and used Nicole masters. The labels state they were made by the British Sonogram Company.
 
Standard A rather obscure pre-WWI record label. In fact, there may be two labels, but I don't know if there is any link between them. One was pressed by Edison Bell using their "Bell" masters and the other was a product of the Sound Recording Company. Both companies were using 10" masters at the time. There was another Standard label (shown here also) which was pressed by Crystalate in the 1920s using masters also available on their Imperial records.
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records.

Star One of the many labels pressed by Edison Bell in the years before WWI.
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records. Thanks to Rainer Lotz for providing the label scan.
The Stars The Stars Record was a pre-WWI record made in Germany which used Polyphon masters. Sometimes the label is just a "paste-over" on existing Polyphon or Heraldic records. The reference on the label to "Star artists" may be the first reference to the word "Star" meaning "celebrity".
Stavophone A cheap record (costing 1/1) produced by the Sound Recording Co in 1913.  This record was announced in the trade press at the time (along with the monochrome image shown here), but no records have yet been seen in Britain; maybe they were for export only, or maybe they never appeared at all?
Please e-mail me with details of ANY of these records. Also a label scan
Thanks to Joe Moore for providing the image shown here.
Stella Yet another pre-WWI record produced for J. Blum & Co. Like Diploma, this one used masters from the German Kalliope company. judging by surviving examples, the company ran into copyright problems with the name and it is rare to find an Stella-Gramophone Record (to give it its full name) which hasn't been "amended". Some have the word "Gramophone" scratched out, and other have a label printed with "Victory" stuck over the word "Stella". The catalogue numbers have various prefixes, such as A- and C-, followed by a 1, 2 or 3-digit number. The label name was subsequently changed to Victory.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.
Sterno Sterno records were produced by the British Homophone Company between 1926 and 1935 as a cheaper equivalent of their Homochord label. The first Sternos are very rare and were recorded & produced by the Gramophone Company to a very high standard. Subsequent records were recorded by BH Co for Sterno and vary enormously in recording quality and surface noise. Almost all used British masters, and later many good dance bands recorded for Sterno, but they sold poorly.
Sterno Baby A 6" disc produced by the Gramophone Company in the mid-1920s, using the same masters as "Homo Baby" and "Dixy". Sterno Baby is somewhat rarer than either, with a catalogue series in a 1000 range, running from 1001 to 1015. The recordings are all acoustic and the dance records are played by an orchestra and in a style more suited to playing overtures and marches.

A label scan and a scan of an original sleeve would be gratefully received ! The monochrome image shown here is the only one I can find.

Here is a full listing, based on the research of Frank Andrews and the late Arthur Badrock.
All orchestral and accompaniments are directed by George Byng.

Cat No. Matrix No Title Artists on label Rec. Date
1001 EE-7945-1
EE-8044-1
La Reine De Saba (march) (Gounod)
Valencia (one-step)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Feb 22, 1926
Mar 5, 1926
1002 EE-7947-1
EE-8154-1
Hearts And Flowers (Tobani)
My Castle In Spain (fox trot)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Feb 22, 1926
Mar 19, 1926
1003 EE-8047-1
EE-8216-1
Carmen (march) (Bizet)
Picador (one step)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 5, 1926
Mar 30, 1926
1004 EE-8149-1
EE-8273-1
Light Cavalry (overture) (Suppe)
Barcelona (one step)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 19, 1926
Apr 15, 1926
1005 EE-8339-1
EE-8344-1
Mignonette (waltz)
Valse Des Fleurs
Dance Orchestra
Orchestra
Apr 26, 1926
Apr 27, 1926
1006 EE-8136-1

EE-8221-1
Yeoman's Wedding Song (Poniatovsky)

Speak
Ballad (= Foster Richardson)
Ballad (= Arthur Cox)
Mar 18, 1926

Mar 30, 1926
1007 EE-8274-1
EE-8434-1
Liberty Bell (march) (Sousa)
Oh! Lady Be Good (fox trot)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Apr 15, 1926
May 26, 1926
1008 EE-8271-1
EE-8340-1
Raymond
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight?
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Apr 15, 1926
Apr 26, 1926
1009 EE-8189-1
EE-8220-1

Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
Rose Marie

Ballad -
Ballad (= Arthur Cox)
Mar 25, 1926
Mar 30, 1926
1010 EE-8053-1
EE-8342-1
Boccaccio March (Suppe)
Then I'll Be Happy (fox trot)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 5, 1926
Apr 26, 1926
1011 EE-7948-1
EE-7949-1
You Forgot To Remember
Uncle Tom Cobbleigh
Ballad (= Leonard Hubbard) Feb 22, 1926
1012 EE-8054-1
EE-8215-1
Rastus On Parade (Mills)
Tin Can Fusiliers (fox trot)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 5, 1926
Mar 30, 1926
1013 EE-8051-1
EE-8433-1
Narcissus (Nevin)
Valentine (one step)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 5, 1926
May 26, 1926
1014 EE-8148-1
EE-8440-1
Prelude In C Sharp Minor (Rachmaninov)
My Irish Home, Sweet Home (waltz)
Orchestra
Dance Orchestra
Mar 19, 1926
May 26, 1926
1015 EE-8441-1
EE-8442-1
Bobadilla (one step)
Raymond, overture (part 1)
Dance Orchestra
Orchestra
May 26, 1926
Sunbeam

From the late 1920s I have a note of a company called Sunbeam Gramophone & Record Company Ltd. This company was formed in 1928 to take over Gramostyle Ltd of Camden St, Birmingham. Despite the name, it wouid appear to be mainly a manufacturer of gramophones, but records with this name were mentioned some years ago, though I have never seen one. 

Then, from the post WWII era, another Sunbeam label was were made by Decca for Pickering & Inglis Ltd. From this sole example (see image), I would guess they are religious songs for children.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.

Sussex

These were religious records made by Oriole (Levy's) for The Fred Squire International Party.

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.

Symphonic

This was the house label for Chester Sound Recording Studios, which was based at Denson's of Chester. I notice the record appears to be a proper pressing (not a lacquer disc), with printed details on the label, but no catalogue number, implying they produced records specially to order rather than for sale to the public.
Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.

Syrena Grand This was a Russian-produced label made for Export to Britain in and around WWI. Sometimes spelled "SIRENA"
 

Thanks to Bill Dean-Myatt for providing the label photo.

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