1921 - 1925
OLYMPIC was an US record label (ca. 1921-1925) that was produced by three separate companies over its relatively brief existence.
It was first produced by the Olympic Disc Record Corporation, which itself was a subsidiary of the Remington Phonograph Corporation. Day-to-day operations were managed by John Fletcher, who had previously produced the Operaphone label. Studio and pressing plants for the Olympic label were in the former Operaphone facility in Long Island City, NY.
Olympic initially offered an ambitious catalog, consisting of popular vocal (14100), dance music (15100), Hawaiian (16100), concert/light classical (17100), instrumental (18100), operatic (19100), religious (21000) and spoken word (21100) series.
However, releases offered generally lackluster performances dominated by free-lance performers, and the last records under the Olympic Disc Record appeared shortly before Remington Phonograph failed in December, 1921.
In April, 1922 John Fletcher partnered with Harry Pace (Black Swan Records) in a rare instance of racially integrated management in the 1920s. Fletcher & Pace formed the Fletcher Record Company, Inc., which revived the Olympic label in late 1922. These records were numbered in 1400 (dance) and 1500 (vocal) series. However, the label failed for a second time when Fletcher declared bankruptcy in December, 1923.
The Olympic label surfaced once more in 1924, when its trademark and masters were acquired by the Capitol Roll & Record Company of Chicago. Fletcher once more took charge of the label, but only about 50 new releases appeared before the label was discontinued, for the last time, in early 1925.