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TK Records was an American independent record label started by record distributor, Henry Stone in Miami, Florida, one of several labels that he founded in the 1960s and 1970s. It distributed disco stars, KC and the Sunshine Band until 1981.
TK Records is closely associated with soul/R&B and the early rise of disco music, being the label on which the second bona fide disco song (after The Hues Corporation's "Rock The Boat") to reach #1 on the pop music charts was released, "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae in 1974. A little more than a year after McCrae's hit, the record label struck gold with KC & The Sunshine Band with five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Get Down Tonight", "That's the Way I Like It", "Shake Your Booty", "I'm Your Boogie Man" and "Please Don't Go", while "Keep It Coming Love" topped the R&B chart as well.
Subsidiary labels included Wolf and Bold – and other artists which impacted these and TK, include: Betty Wright (on Alston), Clarence Reid, a.k.a. Blowfly, Benny Latimore (Glades), Peter Brown (Drive), Foxy, Kracker (Dash), Jimmy "Bo" Horne (Sunshine Sound), Timmy Thomas (Glades), Little Beaver, Gwen McCrae (Cat), T-Connection (Dash), Bobby Caldwell (Clouds), and Anita Ward (Juana). Within a couple of years, TK's notability in disco music would be surpassed by other labels such as Casablanca Records and RSO Records, but, in the early years, TK was undoubtedly in the top tier of the disco genre.
In 1980, TK Records encountered financial problems and the label was acquired by Morris Levy's Roulette Records, and the unification of the labels formed Sunnyview Records. The last single to be released on the TK label was "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus". When Morris Levy was forced to leave the country in 1986, Henry Stone formed Hot Productions with Paul Klein and continued to re-release the TK catalog on CD until its acquisition by Rhino Records a division of Warner Music Group.
Wolf Records was a jazz subsidiary that released only three albums, each produced by Joel Dorn:
- 1976: Encourage the People - Robin Kenyatta
- 1977: After the Dance - Harold Vick
- 1978: Innocence - Kenny Barron
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- The TK Records Story from BSN Pubs
- Music Legends Part 1: KC & The Sunshine Band
- Rick Finch Website
- TK Records discography at Discogs
- Rick Finch: My Space
- Jimmy Bo Horne Website
- Jimmy Bo Horne: My Space
- Right On Band
- Henry Stone Website
- Henry Stone on Myspace
- Timmy Thomas article on The Standard Report