EMI Group plc was formed as Electric and Musical Industries Ltd in March 1931 from a merger of UK Columbia Records and the Gramophone Company[?]/HMV. EMI was the largest record company in the world for nearly fifty years.
The EMI company also includes the following labels; Capitol Records, Pathé Records‚ Electrola[?] in Germany, Columbia Nipponophone[?] in Japan, Path Orient[?] and the China Record Co.[?] in China, GramCo[?] in India, and the Odeon[?], Parlophone, Regal-Zonophone[?], His Master's Voice and other labels.
By the mid 1960s, the label had the Beatles, Cilla Black, the Hollies[?], Billy J. Kramer, Cliff Richard, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Dave Clark Five, Peter and Gordon, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, the Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, Joe Cocker, the Move[?] and the Beach Boys.
In the 70s, 80s and 90s, the EMI roster included Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Queen, Pink Floyd, the Knack, Sheena Easton[?], Kate Bush, Kim Carnes[?], the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, George Michael, The Spice Girls, Bob Seger[?], the J. Geils Band[?], Heart, the Pet Shop Boys[?], Chumbawamba, Coldplay and others.