RCA’s first product on their new TK label – British outlet for Florida’s complex of TK, Glades, Alston, Dash, Marlin, etc – is a set of four albums and two singles. However, the big news is what’s yet to come! At the beginning of May, RCA will be launching the TK Disco 12-inch series in this country, selling the highly-prized “big 45’s” at an economical price.
Their plan is to press the first 10,000 copies of all the TK releases in 12-inch form, making 7-inch two-parters for radio and subsequent commercial release.
Slated to lead the 12-inch assault are T-CONNECTION ‘Do What You Wanna Do’, an insistently rattling stormer that’s rightly the States’ biggest disco hit of the moment, FUNK MACHINE ‘Funk Machine’ and JIMMY BO HORNE ‘Get Happy’.
Meanwhile, the initial release of albums sees the influential percussionist RALPH MACDONALD finally out on his own. As a supersession accompanist he’s been largely responsible for the current percussion trend in disco music. His ‘Sound Of A Drum‘ (TK XL 14030) has his big hit dancer, the happy ‘Calypso Breakdown’, as well as the lovely ‘Where Is The Love‘ and Latin-type ‘Mr. Magic‘.
TIMMY THOMAS ‘The Magician‘ (XL 14044) has his big ‘Stone To The Bone’, a light and airy instrumental with chix, but the title-track single (XB 9052) is a more forceful and less effective vocal. Continue reading “April 2, 1977: TK label launch – Ralph MacDonald, Timmy Thomas, Latimore, KC & The Sunshine Band.”