Phil Kives, K-Tel International founder, dies at 87   Leave a comment


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Winnipeg businessman Phil Kives, who brought you everything from hamburger patty stackers to hit music records with his company K-Tel International, has died. He was 87.

Founded by Kives in the 1960s, K-Tel marketed household items such as the Patty Stacker, the Bottle Cutter, the Veg-o-matic, Super Slider snow skates and the Miracle Brush.

The company was also behind numerous music compilation records with titles like Mini Pops, Hooked on Classics, Sound Explosion and Disco Motion.

News of his death surprised local filmmaker Cam Bennett, who produced the 2006 documentary As Seen on TV: The K-Tel Story.

Just as memorable as K-Tel’s products were the advertisements for them — catchy, memorable ads that are recognizable in Manitoba and beyond.

Proud Winnipegger

Bennett said whether people knew it or not at the time, chances are they’ve had at least one item or album that came from K-Tel.

“So the late ’60s and the ’70s, that was an incredible time for K-Tel, because they were often in the marketplace by themselves,” he said. “Like, their compilation albums were kind of the first; they kind of owned that space.”

Kives was a very proud Prairie person who, even at the height of the company’s success, insisted that the head office be based in Winnipeg, Bennett said.

“They were settled here, their family was from here, and they remained proud Winnipeg corporate citizens,” he said.

Some of the strange products

 

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Comedy show SCTV spoofs K-Tel

Posted April 28, 2016 by markosun in Advertising, Economics

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