K-tel was founded by salesman Philip Kives in Winnepeg, Manitoba in the 1960s. Kives is credited with inventing the infomercial, and is known for selling many products other than music. By the late sixties, he was distributing records via commercials on American TV. The company grew rapidly and settled in Plymouth, Minnesota. It became truly international when it set up a branch in the UK. There is also a subsidiary company in Germany.
K-tel continues to release music, almost exclusively as compilations of previously released material, but is also involved in licensing its large catalogue to other labels.
For the purposes of Musicbrainz, all releases with the K-tel logo, no matter which country they were released in, should be filed here.
K-tel International is an "As-Seen-On-TV" company, which is most noted for its compilation music albums, such as The Super Hits series, The Dynamic Hits series and The Number One Hits series. It is also known for "The Record Selector," "The Micro-Roast," "The Tote-a-Tune portable stereo," and many other products.Continue reading at Wikipedia...