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UK Records was a music label launched in 1972 by Jonathan King to distribute his own releases and those by some other artists. The abbreviation UK stands for "United King". The label was distributed at first by Decca Records and, after 1976, by PolyGram (which later bought out Decca in 1980).
When the label was established, its UK operations were first run by Chris Denning, then by former DJ Don Wardell and by John Peel's Dandelion Records chief, Clive Selwood. Its releases included UK singles chart hits for Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs (fronted by Jona Lewie), 10cc, and Shag, a pseudonym used by King himself. The label's only UK no.1 record was 10cc's "Rubber Bullets"; eight of the band's singles were released by the label. The UK label also released successful singles by the First Class, Carl Malcolm, Kevin Johnson, Roy C, Lobo, and by Jonathan King himself, as well as recording Freddie Garrity and the Kursaal Flyers among others. Successful albums included two by 10cc (10cc and Sheet Music), as well as the King-produced Original London Stage Soundtrack of The Rocky Horror Show.
King closed the label in the late 1970s, but he retained ownership and regularly re-issued much of its catalogue, especially on compilations of hits.
- "King forms U.K. Records", Billboard, 9 September 1972, p.32. Retrieved 20 January 2014
- Dave Thompson (1 September 2002). The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting. Backbeat Books. pp. 465–467. ISBN 978-1-61713-202-5. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
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