In 1887, a group of investors formed the American Graphophone Company, the beginning of what would eventually become Columbia Records. A century and a quarter later, Columbia endures as the oldest label in the recording industry. Columbiaís story involves the entire history of the American recording industry and its impact on modern life. No other record label can claim that distinction. With a catalogue of distinctive artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand through to Bob Dylan and Adele, Columbia Records claims a fascinating 125-year history.