K-Tel Founder Philip Kives Dead At 87
April 28, 2016 at 6:17 AM (PT)
Condolences to the family and friends of PHILIP KIVES, the man who brought you the Miracle Brush, the Veg-o-matic and millions of albums containing 25 Country Hits or Hooked on Classics. He was 87.
THE WINNEPEG FREE PRESS reports, "KIVES produced a live, five-minute TV commercial — the first infomercial, he claimed — to sell a Teflon non-stick frying pan, and sales took off afterwards. From then on he always wrote and directed all the TV commercials. But wait, there’s more. KIVES said his greatest success was selling 28 million Miracle Brushes in the late 1960s, while Hooked on Classics, with more than 10 million copies sold, was his top-selling album."
KIVES explained on the company website, "In the WINTER of 1966, we released the first record, 25 Country Hits. I didn’t look upon it as a long-term deal. I looked upon it as a one-time product. But after 25 Polka Greats, which sold around a million-and-a-half copies in the UNITED STATES alone, I thought maybe we were on to something. Record companies in those days didn’t know what compilation albums were. They had vast cataloges of music they didn’t know what to do with."