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Not to be confused with Columbia Graphophone Company.
For the former international subsidiary, see CBS Records International.
For the Japanese record label, see Nippon Columbia.

Columbia Records is the main flagship record label of Sony Music Entertainment (SME).

Contents

1908–1923 1923–1938 1938–1954 1954–1962 1962–1969
1908–1923 1923–1938 1938–1954 1954–1962 1962–1969
1969–1990 1970–present 1972–1990 1999–present
1969–1990 1970–present 1972–1990 1999–present

1908–1923

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The first variation of the company's original "Magic Notes" logo, with its original slogan "Note the Notes". This logo would later be reused for the unrelated Columbia Graphophone Company (albeit without the word "Records" on the note).

1923–1938

Nippon Columbia logo.svg

This logo is still used by Nippon Columbia in Japan.

1938–1954

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The CBS Radio logo was incorporated into the "Magic Notes" logo in 1938.

1954–1962

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Designer:  S. Neil Fujita
Typography:  Volta
Also known as:  Walking Eye

The original version of Columbia's now-iconic "Walking Eye" logo was designed by S. Neil Fujita, and was introduced in 1954. The logo was originally supposed to represent a stylus above the grooves of a record, but was nicknamed the "Walking Eye" by many unaware of its original meaning.

1962–present

1962–1969

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The 1954 logo was modified to have the symbol look more like a record (hence the rings inside it), but was also nicknamed the "Walking Eye" like the last one. It is noted for its slight similarity to the logo of the label's then-owner CBS.

1969–1990

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1970–present

Columbia Records (Wordmark).svg
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Bodoni Classic Bold

From 1970 to 1990, the "Walking Eye" logo was used alongside a wordmark similar to that of CBS's 1956 logo. It was used as the company's supplemental logo on labels of its records. In 1990, it was upgraded to the main variant after EMI had acquired the rights to the company's previously used trademarks (excluding the "Walking Eye" logo). Today it is used as an alternate version of the current logo.

1972–1990

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This version was only used on vinyl singles from 1972 to 1990.

1999–present

Columbia Records 1999.svg
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Bodoni Classic Bold

An updated logo featuring the 1970 wordmark with the 1962 "Walking Eye" logo was introduced in June 1999.


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