|Parent company||Rhino Entertainment|
|Distributor(s)||Henry Stone Music|
EMI (outside US until 2013)
Parlophone (since 2013)
|Country of origin||U.S.|
"TK" was inspired by the initials of sound engineer Terry Kane, who built a recording studio in the attic of Stone's office in Hialeah.
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. 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.
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. 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. Rhino owns the North American rights to the Sunnyview/TK catalog; internationally, the catalog was managed by EMI until 2013, when Rhino's sister label Parlophone took over after Warner Music's acquisition of the remaining EMI assets. On October 12, 2013 in Hialeah (Miami-Dade), Henry Stone received a proclamation from City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez declaring it TK Records Day every year on October 12.
Wolf Records (subsidiary)Edit
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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