Sue Records UK was a subsidiary of Island Records and was founded by Chris Blackwell and Guy Stevens in 1963. The first issue, WI 301, was ‘Mockingbird’ by Inez and Charlie Foxx. The first few releases were all sourced from Juggy Murray’s Sue records of New York. Gradually records were leased from other American record companies. The records were snapped up by collectors of soul, blues and rock and roll music and were much sought-after.
In the 1980s Ensign records relaunched the Sue label for a short time. In recent years some CDs have been released celebrating this legendary 1960s record label, which was originally closed by Island in 1969, but refused to die…
…arguably the most collectable series of discs on a single label.
– Clive Richardson, Soul Citizen
– Graham Shaw
This website commenced on 30th October 2011 and hopes to include all music issued on the Sue UK label including the Island, Ensign and Kent issues.
West Hampstead Life have an article which includes the history of Island Records. (Opens in new window.)
Island’s former address 108 Cambridge Road is now the site of a large block of apartments.
Guy Stevens | Manchester Soul | 14674
A Sue UK Release Sheet | Collection of Grahame Joyce | 15075
Guy Stevens’ Compliments slip | Collection of Graham Shaw
Shop window sticker | Collection of Álvaro Rubio Romo
Undated picture of patrons outside the Scene Club, where Guy Stevens DJ’d | Collection of Graham Shaw
Ensign publicity material | Collection of Dave Hewitt | ensignpr.img
Updated 22 October 2017