TK Records

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TK Records
Parent company Warner Music Group
Founded 1972
Founder Henry Stone
Status Defunct (1981)
Distributor(s) Henry Stone Music, Rhino Entertainment, EMI (outside of US until 2013)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Hialeah, Florida

TK Records was an American independent record label founded by record distributor Henry Stone and Steve Alaimo in 1972.[1] and based in Hialeah, Florida.[2] The record label went bankrupt in 1981.[1]

"TK" was inspired by the initials of sound engineer Terry Kane, who built a recording studio on the second floor of Stone's office in Hialeah.[3]

TK Records is closely associated with the early rise of disco music, having in 1974 been the label that released the second bona fide disco song (after The Hues Corporation's "Rock The Boat") to reach No. 1 on the pop music charts, namely "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae.[citation needed] A little more than a year after McCrae's hit, the record label struck gold with KC & The Sunshine Band, releasing five singles that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100: including "Get Down Tonight", "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", and "I'm Your Boogie Man," and "Please Don't Go." The KC & The Sunshine Band single "Keep It Comin' Love" reached No. 2 on Billboard's erstwhile Hot Soul Singles chart.

TK's subsidiary labels included Wolf and Bold Records. Artists signed to TK Records and its subsidiaries included Betty Wright (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 recognition for disco music would be surpassed by other labels such as Casablanca Records and RSO Records.[citation needed]

In 1980, TK Records encountered financial problems and the label was acquired by Morris Levy's Roulette Records; a merger of the two labels created Sunnyview Records.[4] The last single to be released on the TK label was "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus". When Levy was forced to leave the country in 1986, Henry Stone formed Hot Productions with Paul Klein and continued to re-release the TK Records catalog on CD until Sunnyview's acquisition by EMI-Rhino in 1989.[4] Rhino owns the North American rights to the Sunnyview/TK catalog; internationally, the catalog is managed by EMI.[4]

Wolf Records (subsidiary)[edit]

Wolf Records was a jazz subsidiary that released only three albums, each produced by Joel Dorn:

There is a present-day Austrian record label of the same name that was founded in 1982 and specializes in releasing blues music.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Henry Stone, Co-Founder of TK Records, Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. 10 August 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Howard (8 August 2016). "Founder of the ‘Miami Sound,’ TK Records’ Henry Stone dies at 93". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Henry Stone". DiscoMusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sunnyview". Discogs.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Wolf Records > Wolf Story". Wolfrec.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 

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