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(UK) POLYDOR 78 rpm
1955-1957

     This hitherto unpublished listing by Paul Pelletier was compiled in the 1980s, here updated. From information given to Paul, the initial attempt by the German Polydor company to establish itself in Britain was a miserable failure, not helped by sending to London a German with "old school" attitudes which made him very unpopular where it counted. It is not known who pressed Polydor in the UK (perhaps British Homophone, who had a factory in Peckham, South-Esat London), but distribution was through independent companies like Thompson, Diamond & Butcher Ltd and Lugtons.

     In 1957, Polydor appears to have given up trying - it certainly stopped sending out release information to the places it should, although its Classical companion labels Heliodor / Deutsche Grammophon, working from the same address, produced regular schedules of their vinyl issues. No surprise the Popular issues ceased that summer and Polydor took a breather before entering the British market again. It is believed that all the missing numbers on this list were actually issued, but tracing them is another matter. Given the poor publicity and reliance on independent distributors, a largely unfamiliar roster (plus some weak "Embassy" type British performers), and quite possibly lingering anti-German feeling from the Second World War, the sales of most of these 78 rpm shellac discs must have been abysmal. No attempt was made to issue any of the series as 45 rpm pressings.

     Any additional information is welcome. Many thanks to Bob Lusty for BM 6050, 6055, 6060, 6061, 6071, 6072.
Guy Pelletier

Added 14-Aug-2013; Updated 23-Sep-2015

(British) POLYDOR BM 6000 10-inch 78 rpm Series, 1955-1957

BM 6001

Aug-55

CATERINA VALENTE

My lonely lover
This must be wrong

BM 6002

Aug-55

CATERINA VALENTE

The breeze and I (Andalucia)
Jealousy

BM 6003

Nov-55

CRAZY OTTO

Smiles
Glad rag doll

BM 6004

Nov-55

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS TANGO ORCHESTRA

Tango of desire
The pearlfishers

BM 6005

Dec-55

MONA BAPTISTE

That man at the table got blues
My love is just a lie

BM 6006

Nov-55

CATERINA VALENTE

Malagueña
Siboney

BM 6007

Dec-55

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Autumn leaves
Parlez-moi d'amour

BM 6008

Dec-55

KURT EDELHAGEN & HIS ORCHESTRA

Tenderly
Hawaiian war chant

BM 6009

Dec-55

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Violin boogie
Violin samba

BM 6010

Apr.56

HANS ARNO SIMON

Give me the vodka, Anoushka
Russel pussel

BM 6011

Jan-56

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Slap happy
China boogie

BM 6012

Mar-56

CATERINA VALENTE

Temptation
Fiesta Cubana

BM 6013

Jul-56

CATERINA VALENTE

This ecstasy
The way you love me

BM 6014

Mar-56

LOU VAN BURG

Nicolo, Nicolo, Nicolino
Tant pis pour Lili

BM 6015

Mar-56

CRAZY OTTO

'Join In The Chorus' Medley - Part 1
'Join In The Chorus' Medley - Part 2

BM 6016

Jul-56

HELMUT ZACHARIAS
  w. KURT EDELHAGEN & HIS ORCHESTRA

Presto and Fantasie in be-bop
How high the Moon

BM 6017

Apr-56

MONA BAPTISTE

Be good to me
It's been a long time

BM 6018

Apr-56

TRIO RAISNER

Le Grisbi
Le Rififi

BM 6019

Apr.56

CATERINA VALENTE

A sunny day
Bim-bam-bim-bam-bina

BM 6020

Jul-56

MONA BAPTISTE

Rumbango
The greatest adventure of all

BM 6021

Jul-56

WERNER MULLER & HIS ORCHESTRA

Simonetta
I'll string along with you

BM 6022

Oct-56

MONA BAPTISTE

A woman's love is never done
You're wrong, all wrong

BM 6023

Jul-56

CATERINA VALENTE

Similau
There but for the grace of God

BM 6024

Nov-56

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS MAGIC VIOLINS

My heart is a violin
Once in a lifetime

BM 6025

Jul-56

THE TWO-BEAT STOMPERS

Tin roof blues
Chatanooga stomp

BM 6026

Jul-56

TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR
TEDDY JOHNSON

Down by the sugar cane
Flamenco love

BM 6027

Jul-56

JEAN CAMPBELL

Let's go steady
Ivory tower

BM 6028

Jul-56

ALAN KENT

Believe in me
You above all

BM 6029

Jun-56

GERALDO & HIS ORCHESTRA

Braziliera
Portuguese washerwoman

BM 6030

Oct-56

JACKIE LEE

Love me as though there were no tomorrow
On the outskirts of Paris

BM 6031

Sep-56

ALAN KENT

Gina
More

BM 6032

Oct-56

GERALDO & HIS ORCHESTRA

Theme from The Proud Ones
Wedding bell polka

BM 6033

Oct-56

TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR

Song for sweethearts
All or nothing at all

BM 6034

Oct-56

STEVE RACE & The Tic-Tac Men

Glendora
Wedding bells

BM 6035

Sep-56

BILLY DANIELS

I need your love
You'd be so nice to come home to

BM 6036

Sep-56

PETER YORKE & HIS ORCHESTRA

Poem
A shanty in old shanty town

BM 6037

Sep-56

CRAZY OTTO

Twelfth Street rag
It's a long way to Tipperary

BM 6038

Nov-56

BILLY DANIELS

Tiger Bay
I turn to you

BM 6039

Sep-56

HELMUT ZACHARIAS

When the lilac blooms again
Blue blues

BM 6040

Nov-56

PETER YORKE & HIS SILVER STRINGS

You made me love you
Faded lilac

BM 6041

Nov-56

ALICE BABS

Ding ding a'ling, ding along
Hilly Billy Willie

BM 6042

Nov-56

JEAN CAMPBELL

True love
Two innocent hearts

BM 6043

Dec-56

CATERINA VALENTE w. CHET BAKER

I remember April
Everytime we say goodbye

BM 6044

Dec-56

ALAN KENT

Be content
How long has it been

BM 6045

Dec-56

JACKIE LEE

Little ship
To be sure

BM 6046

Dec-56

ALICE BABS

Open the window of your heart
Ask me

BM 6047

Dec-56

LEO SOURIS & HIS ORCHESTRA

The little lost dog
La Chnouf
[sic]

BM 6048

Jan-57

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Rio chambira
Arpanetta

BM 6049

Jan-57

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS MAGIC VIOLINS

Under the linden tree
Pizzicato waltz

BM 6050

Jan-57

GERHARD GREGOR & HIS STRATO ORGAN

Oh! Marie
Smart and charming

BM 6051

Jan-57

THE TWO-BEAT STOMPERS

I ain't gonna give nobody none of this jelly roll
Potato head blues

BM 6052

Jan-57

CEDRIC DUMONT & HIS ORCHESTRA

Gay Paree
Fireproof

BM 6053

Jan-57

CRAZY OTTO

Darktown Strutters' Ball
Rag mop

BM 6054

 

 

 
 

BM 6055

-57

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA

La cumparsita
Ole Guapa

BM 6056

 

LEO SOURIS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Chanson de Gervaise
Summertime in Venice

BM 6057

Feb-57

GEORGES BLANES

Autumn concerto
 

BM 6058

Feb-57

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS HOT CLUB

Rock 'n' roll "Roll-Mops" rock
Barock 'n' roll rock

BM 6059

Mar-57

CATERINA VALENTE

Granada
Look into my eyes

BM 6060

-57

KURT EDELHAGEN & HIS ORCHESTRA

Manteca
My Funny Valentine

BM 6061

-57

CRAZY OTTO

Crazy Otto Rag
Twelfth Street Rag

BM 6062

Apr-57

FREDDY (Freddy Quinn)

Himevay (Heimweh)
Endlose nächte

BM 6063

Mar-57

FREDDY

The banana boat song
Don't forbid me

BM 6064

 

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS MAGIC VIOLINS

Birds evensong
Och aye

BM 6065

Apr-57

MONA BAPTISTE

No, no, no
Turn the key

BM 6066

 

KURT EDELHAGEN & HIS ORCHESTRA

You go to my head
Hot brass

BM 6067

 

 

 
 

BM 6068

Apr-57

TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR

I'd give you the world
Cinco robles (Five oaks)

BM 6069

May-57

JEAN CAMPBELL

We will make love
C'est la vie

BM 6070

May-57

GERALDO & HIS ORCHESTRA

Laughing rock 'n' roll
Thunderstorm

BM 6071

-57

GERHARD GREGOR & HIS STRATO ORGAN

Globe Trotter
City Rumble

BM 6072

-57

RAMON MARQUES & HIS ORCHESTRA

Cha cha cha Andalucia
El ni no perdido

BM 6073

 

HELMUT ZACHARIAS & HIS MAGIC VIOLINS

Port au Prince
Paris Palace Hotel

BM 6074

 

 

 
 

BM 6075

 

KURT EDELHAGEN & HIS ORCHESTRA

Tete a tete
Flamenco boogie

BM 6076

Jun-57

SIR LANCELOT

Marianne
Chinese cricket match

BM 6077

Jun-57

ROBERTO DELGADO & HIS ORCHESTRA
  (label shows "ROBERTA DEL GADO"

Little darling
Maringa

BM 6078

Jul-57

RICARDO SANTOS & HIS ORCHESTRA

Tango glamour
Tango roulette

BM 6079

Jul-57

MONA BAPTISTE

Amatin
Pepita

BM 6080

Jul-57

CRAZY OTTO & His Jangle Box

Mammy o'mine
Somebody else is taking my place

BM 6081

Jul-57

CATERINA VALENTE

Flamingo
Someday sweetheart

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