Florida’s TK group of labels is now distributed here by the ever expanding CBS, who will be issuing all future TK products. RCA, who evidently obtained the UK rights to TK for only six months, have a selling-off period for everything they’ve already issued. The news about this switch has come as a big surprise to many DJ’s, who consider it to be rather unfair on RCA. Some jocks are even rumoured to be planning a blacklist ban on all future TK products to teach the American company a lesson. This in turn would be unfair on both CBS and the TK artists but it’s certainly true that too many US companies seem to have a distorted view of this country as a market place. They could well be taught an effective lesson. In fact, RCA did a remarkable marketing job for TK, giving them a far bigger hit with T-Connection than was ever scored in the US. At the same time, CBS were unable to chart the Lovers’ ‘Discomania’ which, although not on TK worldwide, was on TK’s Marlin label in America . . . this, despite the Lovers’ huge disco acceptance here. RCA’s own disco promotion team seem relatively unruffled by the change but then their other labels are currently hot too!
Ariola Records and Hansa Productions, the Germany-based source of so many current disco hits, have opened their own London branch and debuted the new Ariola label last week at a lavish reception. In a lucky number ticket draw I won first prize of either a weekend in Germany or a stereo music centre! Gubbins chose the latter (maybe I can swap it for a colour telly?) which was presented to me by Ariola’s UK head, Robin Blanchflower, and ticket drawing Tina Charles. Anyway, we’re going to have to wait another month before Ariola release what’s likely to be their first hit, the Euro smash and disco import by Amanda Lear, ‘Blood And Honey’, which will be out as a 12in on November 4.
VARIOUS: ‘Motown Gold Volume 2’ LP (Motown STML 12070)
Eighteen big hits, both old (Stevie, Marvin, Smokey, Diana, Isleys, Temps) and new (Thelma, Commodores).
WHISPERS: ‘Make It With You’ (Soul Train FC 0996) (BNDA debut 7/23/77)
This great Tavares-type 12-incher is now finally out here.
SANTA ESMERALDA: ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ (Philips 6042325) (BNDA debut 9/3/77)
Flamenco-disco by a sorta Spanish Cerrone, edited from his upcoming LP, already a Euro smash and US biggie.
LOVE AND KISSES: ‘I’ve Found Love’ (Barclay BAR 701) (BNDA debut 6/11/77)
Clumsily edited from the hot US disco smash import album, it’s an effective Euro-pounder which mixes well with Celi Bee. Continue reading “October 8, 1977: TK, Ariola & Hansa, Motown Gold Vol. 2, Whispers, Santa Esmeralda, Love And Kisses”