Salsoul Records was a New York City based record label founded by brothers Joseph Cayre, Kenneth Cayre, and Stanley Cayre (the Cayre brothers). Salsoul released about 300 disco 12-inch singles, and a string of albums. The label started in business in 1974 and went defunct in 1985. Artists such as Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway, Carol Williams, Jocelyn Brown, Double Exposure, First Choice, Joe Bataan, the Salsoul Orchestra (led by Vincent Montana Jr), Inner Life, Skyy, and Charo were at one time part of their roster. Salsoul was one of the most influential record companies in the disco era. If you're not familiar with Salsoul Records, chances are you've heard the labels songs or instrumentation sampled in hundreds of today's dance tracks. Salsoul is known not only for its legendary catalog but also for being the first record label to release a 12" single record.