Proper Records

Proper Records is an English record label founded by Proper Music Group Chairman - Malcolm Mills and Paul Riley. Commencing with a handful of releases, including the Balham Alligators and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, the label grew in stature and renown through its reissue marque, 'Proper Box'. Featuring jazz, country, and rock and roll artists, these releases now total over 200.[1][2]

Proper Records
FounderMalcolm Mills
Distributor(s)Proper Music Distribution
Country of originEngland

The label has become better known for releasing new albums by contemporary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, Dr. John, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Loudon Wainwright III and many more.

Subsidiary labels include Specific Jazz and Navigator Records.

The company was based on an industrial estate in south London but relocated to Surrey Quays in 2017.[3] Sister company Proper Music Distribution has won the Music Week Distributor of the Year Award three times.[4][5]



  1. ^ "Proper Music Distribution". Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Label: Proper Records". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. ^ Plummer, Robert (29 April 2010). "How to sell music the Proper way". BBC News. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  4. ^ Cardew, Ben (9 April 2009). "Blackwell saluted as best of last 50 years". Music Week. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Music Week Awards winners". Music Week. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2011.

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