The Compo Company Ltd.

The Compo Company Ltd.

Profile:
(1918 - c.1970s) Also as The Compo Co. Limited - Canada's first independent record company. Founded in Lachine, Quebec, by Herbert S. Berliner, an executive of Berliner Gramophone of Canada and the eldest son of inventor Emile Berliner.

Compo was created to serve the several American independent record companies such as Okeh Records which wanted to distribute records in Canada. Its initial business was pressing records in Canada for these companies. Herbert S. Berliner broke with Berliner Gramophone in 1921, taking several senior Berliner Gramophone executives with him. This allowed Compo to immediately expand into a full-fledged record company by establishing the Sun (12) and Apex (3) record labels among others. Apex was the longest lasting of the Compo labels, lasting into the 1970s.

In 1935, Compo became the Canadian licensee for the American Decca Records, Inc., which bought Compo in 1951 with Berliner remaining as president until his death in 1966. MCA Inc. acquired American Decca in 1962, including Compo. When MCA amalgamated all of its Canadian holdings into MCA Records (Canada) in 1970, Compo moved its head office to MCA's Willowdale headquarters, with the Lachine office being relegated to Quebec branch status. MCA eventually evolved into Universal Music Canada.

Also printed as:
- Compo Co. Ltd., Canada
- The Compo Co. Limited
- The Compo Co, Limited, Lachine Montreal Canada
- The Compo Co, Limited, Lachine Que. Canada
- Compagnie Compo Ltée

Pressing and distribution main clients between 1919 and 1950:
Phonola (3) (1919-1921)
Gennett, Starr Gennett (1919-1925)
Domino (1925 to 1930, budget)
Lucky Strike (1925-1929, budget)
Microphone (1925, budget)
Brunswick (1932-1934,1943-1960)
Melotone (1931-1942)
Crown (1930-1936, budget)
Decca (1936-1970)
Minerva (1935-1942, for Eaton's department stores)
Royal (1930-1936, budget)
Sublabels
Contact Info:
Lachine plant (prior to early 1940s)
131-18th Ave.
Lachine, Quebec
Canada

Lachine plant (early 1940s onwards):
2337 Remembrance St.
Lachine, Quebec
Canada
Phone: 514-637-2561
Telex: 01-20122

Cornwall plant (1963 to Feb 1976):
3400 Montreal Rd.
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Sites:
[l265947]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
. Loin De Toi / Ne Me Dites Pas Adieu  album cover Yvan Trempe Loin De Toi / Ne Me Dites Pas Adieu(Shellac, 10") Starr . Canada 1948 Sell This Version
2FS 1016 A Man And His Music  album cover Frank Sinatra A Man And His Music(2xLP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records 2FS 1016 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
2FS 1019 Sinatra At The Sands  album cover Frank Sinatra Sinatra At The Sands(2xLP, Album) Reprise Records 2FS 1019 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
2R 1401 101 Gang Songs  album cover Bing Crosby 101 Gang Songs(2xLP, Album, Mono, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 2R 1401 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
2RS 1401 101 Gang Songs  album cover Bing Crosby 101 Gang Songs(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2RS 1401 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
2RS-6237 That's All! Recorded Live At The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas   album cover Sammy Davis Jr. That's All! Recorded Live At The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas (2xLP) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 2RS-6237 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
2W 1555 In Concert  album cover Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert(2xLP, Album, Mono) Warner Bros. Records 2W 1555 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
2WS 1555 In Concert  album cover Peter, Paul And Mary* In Concert(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 2WS 1555 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
7CXSB 5 The Best Of Lawrence Welk  album cover Lawrence Welk The Best Of Lawrence Welk(2xLP, Comp) Coral 7CXSB 5 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
008 Don Side ; Lady Georgina Campbell / Johnnie Cope  album cover A. A. Gillis* Acc. By Bess Siddall MacDonald A. A. Gillis* Acc. By Bess Siddall MacDonald - Don Side ; Lady Georgina Campbell / Johnnie Cope(Shellac, 10") Celtic Music Co. Ltd. 008 Canada 1935 Sell This Version
9-6 Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II / "Oklahoma" Orchestra And Chorus* Conducted By Jay Blackton Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein II / "Oklahoma" Orchestra And Chorus* Conducted By Jay Blackton - Oklahoma!(6x7", Album, RE + Box) Decca 9-6 Canada 1949 Sell This Version
9-B55010 Ten Little Women  album cover Terry Noland Ten Little Women(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B55010 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9-B55012 Mister Love   album cover The Rhythmettes Mister Love (7", Single) Brunswick 9-B55012 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55020 Beanie Boy Boogie / Super Chief  album cover Ray Conniff And The Rockin' Rhythm Boys Beanie Boy Boogie / Super Chief(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55020 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55024 Reet Petite / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon  album cover Jackie Wilson Reet Petite / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55024 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55031 When I'm Alone With You  album cover Rusty Evans And His Rock-A-Billys* Rusty Evans And His Rock-A-Billys* - When I'm Alone With You(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55031 US 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55033 The Treniers Oo-La-La / Pennies From Heaven(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55033 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55034 Tears (That I Cried Over You) / I Wanna Move A Little Closer  album cover Chuck & Bill (The Kentuckians)* Tears (That I Cried Over You) / I Wanna Move A Little Closer(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55034 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55035 Oh, Boy! / Not Fade Away  album cover The Crickets (2) Oh, Boy! / Not Fade Away(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55035 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55041 Ya' gotta Give Love A Try  album cover Ed Curry* Ya' gotta Give Love A Try(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55041 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
9-B-55051 To Know You Is To Love You  album cover The Lennon Sisters To Know You Is To Love You(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55051 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
9-B-55052 To Be Loved / Come Back To Me  album cover Jackie Wilson To Be Loved / Come Back To Me(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55052 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9-B-55053 Maybe Baby / Tell Me How  album cover The Crickets (2) Maybe Baby / Tell Me How(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55053 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
9-B-55078 Salton City  album cover The Flanagan Brothers (2) Salton City(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55078 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
9-B-55094 It's So Easy  album cover The Crickets (2) It's So Easy (Single) 9-B-55094 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9-B-55104 Baby Where You Been So Long / Russia, Russia (Lay That Missile Down)  album cover Prescott Reed Baby Where You Been So Long / Russia, Russia (Lay That Missile Down)(7") Brunswick Record Corporation 9-B-55104 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
9-B-55111 Come Back To Sorrento  album cover Phil Brito Come Back To Sorrento(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55111 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
9-B-55121 That's Why (I Love You So) / Love Is All  album cover Jackie Wilson That's Why (I Love You So) / Love Is All (Single) 9-B-55121 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
9-B-55165 Talk That Talk / Only You, Only Me  album cover Jackie Wilson Talk That Talk / Only You, Only Me(7", Single) Brunswick 9-B-55165 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
9-M 2001 Le Petit Chaperon Rouge / Le Grand Quai De Rimouski  album cover Maman Fonfon Le Petit Chaperon Rouge / Le Grand Quai De Rimouski(7") Disques "Mignon" Pour La Jeunesse 9-M 2001 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9-S-25016 For Every Boy / I'll Stay Single  album cover Larry Hall (3) For Every Boy / I'll Stay Single(7", Single) Strand (3) 9-S-25016 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9-S-25017 You're The Only One I Love  album cover Ken Karen* You're The Only One I Love(7") Strand (3) 9-S-25017 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
10 Music Of Hawaii  album cover Various Music Of Hawaii(5xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Decca 10 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
15 Stephen Foster Melodies Volume 1  album cover Frank Luther (2) And The Lyn Murray Quartet, Stephen Foster Frank Luther (2) And The Lyn Murray Quartet, Stephen Foster - Stephen Foster Melodies Volume 1(Shellac, 10", Mono) Decca 15 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
30 Favorite Viennese Waltzes  album cover Harry Horlick And His Orchestra Favorite Viennese Waltzes(5xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 30 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
38 Decca Presents A Collection Of Victor Herbert Melodies - Volume One  album cover Various Decca Presents A Collection Of Victor Herbert Melodies - Volume One(5xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 38 Canada 1939 Sell This Version
41-2 The Begatting Of The President  album cover Orson Welles The Begatting Of The President(LP, Album) Mediarts, Mediarts 41-2 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
43 Hoagy Carmichael Songs Played By Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra  album cover Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Hoagy Carmichael Songs Played By Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra(6xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 43 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
45-F7-OW-4099 Marion Marlowe Heartbeat / The Man In The Raincoat(7") Apex (3) 45-F7-OW-4099 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
45-IM 5454 What Will I Tell My Heart / When I See You  album cover Fats Domino What Will I Tell My Heart / When I See You(7", Single) Imperial 45-IM 5454 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
45-WB.30 Angel On My Shoulder  album cover Shelby Flint Angel On My Shoulder(7") Warner Bros. Records 45-WB.30 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
45-WB 73 Mr. Songwriter / I Couldn't Say No  album cover Connie Stevens Mr. Songwriter / I Couldn't Say No(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 45-WB 73 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
101 Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Someday, Sweetheart  album cover Bing Crosby Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Someday, Sweetheart(Shellac, 10") Decca 101 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
110 Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper  album cover Count Five Teeny Bopper, Teeny Bopper(7", Single) Double Shot Records 110 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
111 That Certain Party / Gloria  album cover The Varsity Orchestra That Certain Party / Gloria(Shellac, 10") Varsity 111 Canada 1948 Sell This Version
137 A Decca Presentation Of Boogie Woogie Music  album cover Various A Decca Presentation Of Boogie Woogie Music(6xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Decca 137 Canada 1940 Sell This Version
#138 For The First Time  album cover The Georgia Prophets For The First Time(7") Double Shot Records #138 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
144 New Orleans Jazz  album cover Various New Orleans Jazz(6xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 144 Canada 1940 Sell This Version
153 Blues On Parade  album cover Woody Herman And His Orchestra Blues On Parade(6xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 153 Canada 1940 Sell This Version
182 An Anthology Of Colored Jazz  album cover Various An Anthology Of Colored Jazz(6xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Decca 182 Canada 1940 Sell This Version
198 Hot Lips  album cover Henry Busse And His Orchestra Hot Lips(Shellac, 10") Decca 198 Canada 1934 Sell This Version
200 Various Gems Of Jazz Vol. 1(6xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Decca 200 Canada 1949 Sell This Version
216 Drummer Boy  album cover Various Drummer Boy(5xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 216 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
218 Decca Presents One O'Clock Jump: An Album Of "Jump" Music Played By Count Basie And His Orchestra  album cover Count Basie And His Orchestra* Decca Presents One O'Clock Jump: An Album Of "Jump" Music Played By Count Basie And His Orchestra(6xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Decca 218 Canada 1941 Sell This Version
221 Crosbyana  album cover Bing Crosby Crosbyana(6xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 221 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
226 Dreamer's Holiday / The Good Time Polka  album cover George Olsen And His Orchestra Dreamer's Holiday / The Good Time Polka(Shellac, 10") Varsity 226 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
230 Mule Train / Johnson Rag  album cover Rex Turner Mule Train / Johnson Rag(Shellac, 10") Varsity 230 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
244 Tenor Saxophobia  album cover Various Tenor Saxophobia(5xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 244 Canada 1941 Sell This Version
0276 Trini Lopez What Have I Got Of My Own / Ya Ya(7", Single) Reprise Records 0276 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
280 Deanna Durbin Souvenir Album No 5  album cover Deanna Durbin Deanna Durbin Souvenir Album No 5(4xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 280 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0281 Everybody Loves Somebody / A Little Voice  album cover Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody / A Little Voice(7", Single) Reprise Records 0281 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0295 Close Your Eyes / The Dealer  album cover Jamie Coe & The Gigolo's* Close Your Eyes / The Dealer(7", Single) Reprise Records 0295 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
300 Carmen Cavallaro I'll See You In My Dreams(5xShellac, 10", Album) Decca 300 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0300 San Francisco De Assisi / Michael  album cover Trini Lopez San Francisco De Assisi / Michael (Single) 0300 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0307 The Door Is Still Open To My Heart / Every Minute Every Hour  album cover Dean Martin The Door Is Still Open To My Heart / Every Minute Every Hour(7", Single) Reprise Records 0307 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0309 Baby Don't Go  album cover Sonny And Cher* Baby Don't Go(7", Single) Reprise Records 0309 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0311 Can't Help Lovin' You  album cover Donnie Brooks Can't Help Lovin' You(7", Single) Reprise Records 0311 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0319 Nelson Riddle Fiddler On The Roof(7", Single) Reprise Records 0319 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0324 Since You Broke My Heart / We Know  album cover Dino, Desi And Billy* Since You Broke My Heart / We Know(7", Single) Reprise Records 0324 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0328 Sad Tomorrows  album cover Trini Lopez Sad Tomorrows(7", Single) Reprise Records 0328 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0332 Somewhere In Your Heart  album cover Frank Sinatra Somewhere In Your Heart(7", Single) Reprise Records 0332 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0336 Lemon Tree  album cover Trini Lopez Lemon Tree(7", Single) Reprise Records 0336 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0344 Send Me The Pillow You Dream On  album cover Dean Martin Send Me The Pillow You Dream On(7", Single) Reprise Records 0344 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0350 Frank Sinatra Anytime At All(7", Single) Reprise Records 0350 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0353 I Will Warm Your Heart   album cover Charles Aznavour I Will Warm Your Heart (7") Reprise Records 0353 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0354 Somebody Else Is Taking My Place / Run To My Arms  album cover Phyllis McGuire Somebody Else Is Taking My Place / Run To My Arms(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Reprise Records 0354 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0357 You Won't Forget Me  album cover Peter James (14) You Won't Forget Me(7", Single) Reprise Records 0357 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0362 Here Comes The Night / Born Too Late  album cover Jill Jackson (2) Here Comes The Night / Born Too Late(7") Reprise Records 0362 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0367 I'm A Fool  album cover Dino, Desi & Billy I'm A Fool(7", Single) Reprise Records 0367 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
380 Sweet Georgia Brown / There Goes My Headache  album cover Mills Brothers* Sweet Georgia Brown / There Goes My Headache(Shellac, 10") Decca 380 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
381 Tear It Down / Sugar Blues  album cover Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra Tear It Down / Sugar Blues(Shellac, 10") Decca 381 Canada 1935 Sell This Version
383 Nursery Rhymes  album cover Frank Luther (2) Nursery Rhymes(Shellac, 10") Decca 383 Canada 1935 Sell This Version
401 It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Red Headed Music Maker  album cover Wendell Hall It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' / Red Headed Music Maker(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 401 Canada 1924 Sell This Version
0401 Not The Lovin' Kind  album cover Dino, Desi & Billy Not The Lovin' Kind(7", Single) Reprise Records 0401 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
403 Shelby Flint Sings Folk  album cover Shelby Flint Shelby Flint Sings Folk(LP, Album, Mono) Warner Bros. Records, Valiant Records (2) 403 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
404 Bossa Nova  album cover The Singers Inc. Bossa Nova(LP) Warner Bros. Records, Valiant Records (2) 404 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
0407 So Long Babe  album cover Nancy Sinatra So Long Babe(7") Reprise Records 0407 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
407 Turkey In The Straw / Arkansaw Traveler  album cover Wm. B. Houchen* Turkey In The Straw / Arkansaw Traveler(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 407 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0410 Frank Sinatra Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong!(7", Single) Reprise Records 0410 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
411 Love Tales / That Old Gang of Mine  album cover Lanin's Famous Players*, Glantz and His Orchestra* Lanin's Famous Players*, Glantz and His Orchestra* - Love Tales / That Old Gang of Mine(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 411 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
413 Last Night On The Back Porch / Foolish Child  album cover Green Brothers' Trio / Bailey's Lucky Seven Green Brothers' Trio / Bailey's Lucky Seven - Last Night On The Back Porch / Foolish Child(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 413 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
414 The Campbells Are Coming / Bonnie Scotland  album cover Pipe Major Forsythe* / Royal Military Band Pipe Major Forsythe* / Royal Military Band - The Campbells Are Coming / Bonnie Scotland(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 414 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
418 Bailey's Lucky Seven I've Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues / No, No, Nora!(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 418 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0424 The Secret Of Christmas  album cover Bing Crosby With Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians* Bing Crosby With Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians* - The Secret Of Christmas(7", Single) Reprise Records 0424 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
0426 Please Don't Fight It / The Rebel Kind  album cover Dino, Desi And Billy* Please Don't Fight It / The Rebel Kind(7", Single) Reprise Records 0426 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0429 It Was A Very Good Year   album cover Frank Sinatra It Was A Very Good Year (Single) 0429 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
0432 These Boots Are Made For Walkin'  album cover Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin'(7", Single) Reprise Records 0432 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
438 Glantz's Metropolitan Players* / Woodland Inn Orch.* Glantz's Metropolitan Players* / Woodland Inn Orch.* - Lady Of The Evening / In A Corner Of The World All Our Own(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 438 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
441 Paddy's Reel / Sailor's Hornpipe  album cover R. Murchie Paddy's Reel / Sailor's Hornpipe(Shellac, 10") Apex (3) 441 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
444 Garry Moore Culture Corner(3xShellac, 10", Comp) Decca, Decca, Decca, Decca 444 Canada Unknown Sell This Version