TK Album Discography
By Patrice Eyries, Mike Callahan, David Edwards and Randy Watts
Last update: April 6, 2010

TK Records was started by Henry Stone in 1973, and was essentially a vehicle for the recordings of KC and the Sunshine Band and George McCrae. Of the 44 known singles released on the label from 1973 to 1981, fully 34 were by just these two artists. TK released five albums by George McCrae and eight by KC and the Sunshine Band. Their last album release was a 1980 James Brown album.

KC and the Sunshine Band In August, 1973, the first single released on the label was "Blow Your Whistle"/"I'm Gonna Do Something Good To You" [TK 1001]. It was actually credited to "KC and the Sunshine Junkanoo Band", which mercifully was quickly shortened to "KC and the Sunshine Band" (what were those kids thinking??). "Blow Your Whistle," a Harry Casey original, reached #27 on the Billboard R&B charts. That was followed by "I Can Love"/"I Feel Like Lovin'" [TK 1002] by Willie & Barbara — they later showed up on Clarence Reid's "Reid's World" label — which didn't chart. These two singles were the total TK output for 1973. From this point, TK started an amazing and enviable string of successful records. From TK 1003 to TK 1035, all but five singles made some kind of national chart, whether pop, R&B, or Dance charts, and among those five numbers, three were unreleased! So out of 29 released singles, 27 made the charts! Other labels, eat your hearts out.

KC and the Sunshine Band was a nine-member disco dance band, complete with horn section. Members included Harry "KC" Casey (vocals, keyboards), Jerome Smith (guitar), Richard "Rick" Finch (bass), Robert Johnson (drums), Fermin Coytisolo (congas), and a horn section of Ronnie Smith, Denvil Liptrot, James Weaver, and Charles Williams. Their followup single, released in early 1974, was "Sound Your Funky Horn" [TK 1003], which made #27 on the R&B charts starting in February. TK then put out an album by the group, the label's first, called Do It Good [TK 500].

George McCrae In the spring of 1974, Harry Casey and Rick Finch were writing disco songs when they came up with one they couldn't sing like they wanted, because it was too high for KC. They gave the song, "Rock Your Baby" [TK 1004] to label mate George McCrae, who sang it all the way to #1 on both the pop charts and the R&B charts starting in June, 1974. Casey and Finch wrote a whole album of songs for McCrae, and it was issued as TK's second album, Rock Your Baby by George McCrae [TK 501].

That summer, KC and the Sunshine band put out another single from their album, "Queen of Clubs" backed with "Do It Good" [TK 1005], and a curious thing happened. The single didn't sell much here in the US, but in the UK, it made it to #7! For a UK followup, they reached back to issue "Sound Your Funky Horn," and it made #17 starting in November, 1974.

Back in the US, the next record, TK 1006, was Lynn Williams' "Kisses, Kisses, Kisses"/"You Are the Greatest," which flopped. The only other non-charting single for TK before late 1979 was "You Don't Know"/"Oh, That's My Man" by Fire [TK 1012], released in the summer, 1975.

George McCrae started 1975 with his followup, "I Get Lifted" [TK 1007], which made #37 pop and #8 R&B. His other charters for the label included: "Look at You" [TK 1011, 5/75, #95 pop/#31 R&B], "I Ain't Lyin'" [TK 1014, 8/75, #31 R&B], "Honey I" [TK 1016, 1/76, #65 pop/#18 R&B], "Love In Motion" [TK 1021, 12/76, #4 Dance charts as TK-Disco 22, a 12" single], "Kiss Me (The Way I Like It)" [TK 1024, 11/77, #110 pop/#57 R&B/#14 Dance], "Let's Dance (People All Over the World)" [TK 1029, 6/78, #93 R&B], "I Want You Around Me" [TK 1032, 2/79, #91 R&B], and "Don't You Feel My Love" [TK 1034 reissued as Sunshine Sound 212, 8/79, #25 R&B].

KC and the Sunshine Band picture sleeve KC and the Sunshine Band also had a chart record in January, 1975, with "I'm a Pushover" [TK 1008], which reached #57 on the R&B charts. Their next record, however, released in the summer of 1975, was a bombshell, a classic of the early disco years. "Get Down Tonight" [TK 1009], made #1 pop as well as #1 on the R&B charts, and put KC and the Sunshine Band in the disco elite. Additional hits ensued: "That's the Way (I Like It)" [TK 1015, 10/75, #1 pop/#1 R&B], a reissue of "Queen of Clubs" [TK 1005, 3/76, #66 pop/#25 R&B], "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" [TK 1019, 7/76, #1 pop/#1 R&B], "I Like To Do It" [TK 1020, 12/76, #37 pop/#4 R&B], "I'm Your Boogie Man" [TK 1022, 2/77, #48 pop/#24 R&B], "Keep It Coming Love" [TK 1023, 7/77, #2 pop/#1 R&B], "Boogie Shoes" [TK 1025, 2/78, #35 pop/#29 R&B], "It's the Same Old Song" [TK 1028, 5/78, #35 pop/#30 R&B], "Do You Feel All Right" [TK 1030, 10/78, #63 pop/#62 R&B], "Who Do Ya Love" [TK 1031, 12/78, #68 pop/#88 R&B], "Do You Wanna Go Party" [TK 1033, 5/79, #50 pop/#8 R&B], and "Please Don't Go" [TK 1035, 10/79], which made #1 pop while the flip, "I Betcha Didn't Know That" made #25 R&B. Then, for the first time in years, a KC and the Sunshine Band single failed to chart: "Let's Go Rock and Roll" [TK 1036]. A final single was a Spanish version of "Please Don't Go" for the group's Spanish-speaking fans: "Por Favor No Te Vayas" [TK 1037], and that was all. KC went solo, and recorded three more unsuccessful singles for TK, then recorded some successful singles with Teri DeSario for Casablanca and Epic. After TK folded, KC signed with Epic as a solo artist, but had no chart success. In 1983, he finally started his own label, Meca, and bought his masters back from Epic and had a couple of chart hits on Meca.

Sandwiched among the KC and the Sunshine Band's singles were a few successful singles done by the band as instrumentals, credited just to "The Sunshine Band". These of course also included KC, but not as a vocalist, as he was their keyboardist. They were: "Shotgun Shuffle" [TK 1010, 9/75, #88 pop/#25 R&B], "Rock Your Baby," an instrumental version of the George McCrae hit they had written [TK 1018, 1/76, #70 R&B], and "Black Water Gold" [TK 1026, 4/78, #75 R&B].

By 1980, disco was winding down, and so was TK's chart success. Only three of the last dozen or so singles released made the charts. These included two James Brown sides, "Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)" [TK 1039, 11/80, #46 R&B], and "Stay With Me' [TK 1042, 4/81, #80 R&B]. Ironically, if TK could have stayed in business longer, they had the all-time king of parody records under contract (who knew?). The last charting single for TK was "Weird Al" Yankovic's second single, "Another One Rides the Bus" [TK 1043, 3/81, #104 pop]. By the end of 1981, TK was out of business, as Henry Stone put the label into bankruptcy. Stone sold the TK masters to Rhino Records in 1990.

The album numbering sequence started in 1974 with TK 500 and TK 501, then shifted in 1975 to the 600 series with TK 602, with the sequence of the last two digits remaining the same. The 1976 reissue of TK 500 was renumbered TK 600.

The first TK label (far left) was filled with small grey and pink "TK" logos (a "T" and a "K" linked together) over a white background, with black lettering, and the same TK logo written in dark blue and pink lettering over a black (plus dark blue and pink) background on the left half of the label. The following text written in the form of an arc at the bottom of the label: "DIST. BY T.K. PRODUCTIONS - 495 S.E. 10th CT., HIALEAH, FLA. 33010". The corresponding (original) 45 label (near left) was like the first album label, with small "TK" logos and a large purple and pink "TK" logo to the left of the center hole in a large black "logo field".
Promotional copies for the first label varied. Some (far left) had a plain white label with black print, without the small logos in the background field. The "Promotional Copy, Not for Sale" legend was in different places on different records (sometimes at the left of the label, just above the large black logo field), sometimes just saying "Promotional Copy", and sometimes in all caps. Some promotional copies (near left) used the regular label with a promotional overprint, here at the right near the bottom.
Other promotional copies for the first label (far left) used the regular label with a purple ink stamp with "Plug Side." In 1977, the singles released from the album Part 3, as well as the album itself, had a custom label (near left).
Beginning with #610, the label changed to the second design (near left), which was black with white lettering and the TK logo written in red lettering over a multicolour background on the left half of the label, as well as the specific "Sunshine Sound" logo over the writing at right of the center hole. The text around the bottom of the label changed to: "Distributed by T.K. Productions, 495 S.E. 10th Court, Hialeah, Florida 33010". At near left, the 45 label that corresponds to the black TK album label.
In 1980, TK reverted to a label similar to its original label. This was used for the James Brown album Soul Syndrome (far left). The label for the singles also changed to this design in 1980, as shown at near left for the single of "Another One Rides the Bus" by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The sleeve is typical of the 45 sleeves used for most of the life of the label.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with TK Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2010 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

TK 500 Series:

TK 500 - Do It Good - KC & the Sunshine Band [1974] Original cover. Do It Good/Sound Your Funky Horn/Baby I Want Your Lovin'/Queen of Clubs/Blow Your Whistle//I'm A Pushover/You Don't Know/I Need A Little Lovin'/All My Love

TK 600 - Do It Good - KC & the Sunshine Band [1976] Reissue of TK 500 with a new cover after "Queen of Clubs" became a hit. Do It Good/Sound Your Funky Horn/Baby I Want Your Lovin'/Queen of Clubs/Blow Your Whistle//I'm A Pushover/You Don't Know/I Need A Little Lovin'/All My Love

TK 501 - Rock Your Baby - George McCrae [1974] (8-74, #38/#7 R&B) Rock Your Baby/I Can't Leave You Alone (I Keep Holdin' On)/You Got My Heart/You Can Have It All//Look At You/Make It Right/I Need Somebody Like You/I Get Lifted/Rock Your Baby (Reprise)

At this point, series changes to TK 600 Series, with numbering sequence continuing:

TK 602 - George McCrae - George McCrae [1975] (7-75, #152/#24 R&B) Baby Baby Sweet Baby/You Treat Me Good/I Ain't Lyin'/I Got To Know//It's Been So Long/Honey I (I'll Live My Life For You)/Take This Love Of Mine/When I First Saw You/Sing A Happy Song

TK 603 - KC & the Sunshine Band - KC & the Sunshine Band [1975] (8-75, #4/#1 R&B) Let It Go (Part One)/That's The Way (I Like It)/Get Down Tonight/Boogie Shoes//Ain't Nothin' Wrong/I'm So Crazy ('Bout You)/What Makes You Happy/I Get Lifted/Let It Go (Part Two)

TK 604 - The Sound of Sunshine - Sunshine Band [1975] (10-75, #131/#24 R&B) Shotgun Shuffle/Rock Your Baby/Funky '75/S.O.S./Miss B. (Theme)//Hey J/Just A Groove/Sunshine City/I Love You

TK 605 - Part 3 - KC & the Sunshine Band [1976] (10-76, #13/#5 R&B) Baby I Love You (Yes I Do)/Wrap Your Arms Around Me/I Like To Do It/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty//Let's Go Party/Come On In/I'm Your Boogie Man/Keep It Comin' Love

TK 606 - Diamond Touch - George McCrae [1976] Nothing But Love/Love In Motion/I'm Gonna Stay With My Baby Tonight/Givin' Back The Feeling//Cut The Rug/Dance In A Circle/Dancin' Through The Storm/Loved And Lost

TK 607 - Who Do Ya (Love) - KC & the Sunshine Band [1978] (8-78, #36/#25 R&B) Do You Feel All Right/Sho-Nuff'/Come To My Island/So Glad//It's The Same Old Song/Who Do Ya Love/How About A Little Love/I Will Love You Tomorrow

TK 608 - George McCrae - George McCrae [1978] Let's Dance (People All Over The World)/Hey Sexy Dancer/Kiss Me (The Way I Like It)/Sitting In Limbo//Never Never Girl/Over My Head/I Got Love/Let George Do It

TK 609 - [not issued]

TK 610 - We Did It! - George McCrae [1978] (You've Got) My Love, My Life, My Soul/Don't You Feel My Love/Are You Looking For Love/You Don't Know//I Want You Around Me/You Got Me Going Crazy/I Love You/We Did It/Love, Life, And Soul (Reprise)

TK 611 - Do You Wanna Go Party - KC & the Sunshine Band [1979] (7-79, #50/#19 R&B) Hooked On Your Love/I've Got The Feeling/Ooh, I Like It/Please Don't Go//I Betcha Didn't Know That/Que Pasa?/Do You Wanna Go Party

TK 612 - Greatest Hits - KC & the Sunshine Band [1980] (3-80, #132/#62 R&B) Sound Your Funky Horn/Queen Of Clubs/Get Down Tonight/Boogie Shoes/That's The Way (I Like It)/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty//I'm Your Boogie Man/Keep It Comin' Love/Please Don't Go/Let's Go Rock And Roll/All I Want

TK 613 - [not issued]

TK 614 - Space Cadet: Solo Flight - KC [1981] Space Cadet/Red Light/I Ask Myself/You Keep Me Hanging On/Make Me A Star//I Don't Wanna Make Love/Nothing Sadder Than A Heartache/What's Wrong?/Only Love/Holdin' On So Long

TK 615 - Soul Syndrome - James Brown [1980] Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?)/Mashed Potatoes//Funky Men/Smokin' And Drinkin'/Stay With Me/Honky Tonk

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