1955 - 1957
RKO-Unique Records was founded as Unique Records at 1697 Broadway, New York City in 1955.
President of the label was Joe Leahy, a band leader who recorded several albums for the label and had a minor hit on Tower Records in 1965 with the instrumental "Life" [Tower 150]. Stanley Borden was the general manager until November, 1958, when he was replaced by John H. Begley.
After several small pop hits, such as "Man in the Raincoat" by fourteen-year-old Priscilla Wright, the label was acquired by RKO Teleradio Pictures, Inc., and had moved to 1440 Broadway, where it was billed as RKO-Unique.