“TK Records Grows Into A Major Label” – Cash Box (1978)

Record World’s Black Music Association / r&b Special marks the year of many major turning points and successes for TK Productions. TK has grown from a small r&b label to a major album label with gold and platinum albums by artists KC and The Sunshine Band, Betty Wright, Peter Brown and Foxy. The label is committed to making hit records, breaking records, and establishing artists’ careers. Henry Stone, president of TK Productions, has built one of the industry ‘s most successful , dynamic and innovative independ labels in r&b, disco, pop, jazz, and gospel .. . with TK’s backbone firmly rooted in r&b music. TK currently works with such artists as KC and The Sunshine Band, Peter Brown, Betty Wright, George McCrae, T-Connection, Ralph MacDonald, Foxy, The Ritchie Family, USA/ European Connection, Voyage, Dorothy Moore, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne, The Controllers, Jimmy Castor, Gwen McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver, Latimore, Joe Thomas, Gregg Diamond, Miami, Eddie Daniels, Phil Upchurch, Michael Bloomfield, Bobby Caldwell , John Tropea, Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch, Kenny Baron, Fire, Michael Urbaniak, The Rev. Marvin Yancy, to name just a few, with 14 in-house and 21 distributed labels. TK grew from a small r&b label because of the street sense, ear for music and marketing ability of Henry Stone, who moved to Miami in 1946. TK VP Steve Alaimo broadened TK’s r&b base with Stone as he himself had been a recording and performing artist starting in 1958 with Imperial, Chess and Checker. TK’s first gold records were The Beginning of the End’s “Funky Nassau,” Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together” and Betty Wright’s “Clean-Up Woman.” Then Harry Casey and Rick Finch, leaders of KC and The Sunshine Band, wrote, produced and arranged George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby.” That song sold about 15 million world wide, hit #1 in 52 countries, became The Record of The Year, heralded the disco era while bulleting to #1 on the r&b and pop charts everywhere and turned all industry eyes on the exploding TK Productions located far from the established music centers, in Hialeah , Florida. With roots in r&b, TK’s crossover power has consistently had whirlwind success. KC and The Sunshine Band hit #1 r&b, pop and disco with what became the internationally…”

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