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|Distributor(s)||EMI, Tummy Touch|
|Country of origin||Great Britain|
|Official website||RAK Publishing.com|
Rak Records was a British record label, founded by record producer Mickie Most in 1969. Rak was home of artists like Herman's Hermits, Suzi Quatro, Mud, Kenny, Hot Chocolate, Smokie, Arrows, Span, Racey and Kim Wilde. Rak Records were distributed via a licensing deal with EMI, which bought the company and its master recordings from Most in 1983. Most kept the company name and his Rak recording studio, which still exists in St. John's Wood along with Rak Publishing. The latter company represents artists such as Joan Jett, Ben Taylor and KK (Kevin Kerrigan).
Origin of name
As the name appears on the label written in capitals and is spelt without a C (RAK), many believe it's an acronym, but 'Rak' is short for rackjobbing, or the sale of records in unusual places (i.e. other than record shops or department stores), such as petrol stations and supermarkets. Mickie Most chose to deliberately misspell the label's name as Rak rather than Rack.
Rak Publishing is currently located in London, in the original Rak recording studios complex in St John's Wood. They manage the publishing rights for songs like "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett and Britney Spears, and "Kids In America" recorded by Kim Wilde. Rak Publishing and Tummy Touch Records are currently releasing new and archive material from the Rak catalog.
- Rak Publishing official website
- Official Yahoo! Group for Rak Records
- Photos of historical Rak record labels and sleeves
- Rak Studios official website
- RAK discography at Discogs
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