Conceived by Syd Nathan in 1943, Cincinnati, Ohio based King Records was noted for recording an enormous amount of music. Little known black and white musicians from the Appalachican, industrial north, and southern working class regions of the US were signed by King to record bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, and R&B songs. Some of the artists signed by King included Grandpa Jones, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, and James Brown. Brown was King's most successful artist. Nathan was recognized for his progressive use of advertising and marketing to promote the King label.
British Decca and US Decca were owned by two different entities. For this reason, British Decca could not release their recordings in the US under the Decca name. London Records was formed by British Decca to market and sell their recordings in the US. The London label was also used by British Decca to license and release American labels such as Chess, Dot, Atlantic, Sun, Monument, and other labels in the United Kingdom. PolyGram acquired British Decca and the London label in 1979. Warner Music Group eventually acquired London's back catalogue. In the UK, London Records 90 is the new name for London.
Formed in 1964 as a subsidiary of Capitol Records, Tower Records produced early recordings of British Invasion artists such as Pink Floyd and Tom Jones, plus American groups including The Standells and The Sun Rays. Three Pink Floyd albums and numerous Floyd singles were released by Tower as well as The Standells' hit, 'Dirty Water'. The label became noteworthy for releasing recordings of garage bands including 'Blues Theme' by Davie Allen & The Arrows. Tower also released several soundtracks such as Wild in the Streets featuring 'The Shape of Things' by Max Frost and The Troopers. The Tower label was discontinued by Capitol in 1970.