Catalog numbering systems for single records

Catalog Numbering Systems For Single Records

Catalog numbering systems for single records

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This article presents the numbering systems used by various record companies for single (mainly 7" 33 1/3 and 45, and 10" 78 rpm) record.


Capitol Records began with number 100 when it started in 1942. By 1950 the number series had reached the 700s, and crossed the 1000 This series continued to 5999 in late 1967, when it resumed with 2000. It then continued uninterrupted to somewhere in the 5600's (about 1987) when it was changed again to the 44000s. The 'Starline' series used the 6000s.

45rpm records originally used the prefix 54- added before the 78rpm number; at some point this was changed to a letter F.

CBS/Columbia (Sony) (Europe)

CBS Records (the name given to American label Columbia Records in Europe, so as not to be confused with EMI's Columbia label) began as a...
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