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State Records is a British independent record label, established by Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington and John Fruin in 1975. The label released hits by many successful artists including The Rubettes, Mac & Katie Kissoon and Delegation.
In July 2012, State released their back catalogue digitally for the first time; the release included over 100 of the label’s singles and over 30 albums and compilations, to coincide with the release State announced their first new single in almost thirty years. "Every Road I Take" by The Life was released on 2 July 2012.
Bickerton and Waddington's relationship began in the 1950s: they began supporting ex-Beatles drummer Pete Best, making up the Pete Best Trio and touring around the world as a band, concluding with Bickerton and Waddington living in New York.
Upon returning to Britain, Bickerton became a producer with Decca Records and Waddington joined Decca Records' publishing company - Burlington Music. Shortly afterwards the two were signed to Burlington Music as a songwriting duo. Their first gold disc came with the release of Tom Jones' "Can't Stop Loving You".
In 1973, Bickerton and Waddington penned the song "Sugar Baby Love" and recorded it with some session musicians, releasing the record under the name The Rubettes, it quickly became a number one hit. Other Rubettes hits followed, plus chart success for Mac & Katie Kissoon.
The label continued to enjoy success throughout the 1970s and early 1980s until 1983, when the label released their last single, "You Don't Care About I" by Elite. In total State released over 100 singles and over 20 albums between 1975 and 1983.
State found success in the United States, most notably with the 1978 release "Oh Honey" by Delegation, which peaked at number 6 in the US Billboard R&B chart. The song has gone on to be sampled countless times including by artists such as Mariah Carey ("Boy (I Need You)"), Dizzee Rascal ("Chillin' Wiv Da Mandem") and Snoop Dogg ("Wonder What It Do").
UK Top 40 singles
|Release Date||Artist||Title||Peak Position|
|13 January 1975||Mac & Katie Kissoon||"Sugar Candy Kisses"||3|
|2 March 1975||The Rubettes||"I Can Do It"||7|
|27 April 1975||Mac & Katie Kissoon||"Don't Do It Baby"||10|
|15 June 1975||The Rubettes||"Foe-Dee-O-Dee"||15|
|3 August 1975||Gary Benson||"Don't Throw It All Away"||20|
|24 August 1975||Mac & Katie Kissoon||"Like A Butterfly"||18|
|16 November 1975||The Rubettes||"Little Darling"||30|
|11 April 1976||Laurie Lingo & The Dipsticks||"Convoy GB"||4|
|24 May 1976||The Rubettes||"You're The Reason Why"||28|
|19 September 1976||The Rubettes||"Under One Roof"||40|
|6 February 1977||The Rubettes||"Baby I Know"||10|
|17 April 1977||Delegation||"Where Is The Love (We Used To Know)"||22|
|22 May 1977||Liverpool Football Team||"We Can Do It"||15|
|16 October 1977||Rokotto||"Boogie On Up"||40|
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