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Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I. During the war, the Transoceanic Trading Company[?] was set up in the Netherlands to look after its overseas assets. In 1927, Columbia Graphophone[?] of the U.K. acquired a controlling interest in its successor and thereby in Parlophone. In 1931, Columbia merged with The Gramophone Company to form EMI. Under EMI, Parlophone was mainly a novelty/comedy label until the rock-and-roll era. The Beatles are probably the most famous act to have appeared on the label. Others have included Coldplay, Queen, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, and The Hollies[?].

See also: List of record labels

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