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Brunswick Records was founded by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company in 1916 to accompany their line of phonographs, though they introduced their laterally cut records in 1920. The Brunswick label was extremely successful and soon came to rival Victor and Columbia. In 1930, the label was sold to Warner Brothers, who in turn leased production to the American Record Corporation (ARC), who continued to produce Brunswick until their purchase by the Columbia Broadcasting System in 1939.
In the early 1940s, the Brunswick name was revived by Decca Records for reissues of classic music from the 1920s and 1930s, released during the recording ban in 1943.
Several pictures labels were issued by Brunswick Records, and even more by Brunswick in the UK.
Melotone Records was started by Warner/Brunswick in 1930 as a budget label, its production was picked up by ARC in 1932 along with the Brunswick label. It was quite successful as a budget label during the Great Depression, and released various genres of music including jazz and hillbilly, until it was shut down along with ARC's other budget labels in 1938.
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