With 14 years of Thiele was a moderator own radio show. 1939 founded the then 17 -year-old Thiele his own record label Signature and was also editor of a own jazz magazine. After the end of Signature in 1948, Thiele went to Decca Records in 1952 and founded the subsidiary label Coral Records. 1961 brought ABC - Paramount Thiele along with Rudy Van Gelder in support of Creed Taylor to Impulse! Records, who had previously taken John Coltrane under contract. After the departure of Taylor, he took over the management of Impulse!. 1969 left Thiele Impulse! and founded a number of small record labels, including Flying Dutchman Records, which now belongs to Sony BMG.
Already with his first label produced Thiele artists such as Lester Young and Erroll Garner. 1943 - 21 years old - Thiele was for a production of Coleman Hawkins, who is considered the first important tenor saxophonist in jazz history, responsible.
After his move to Impulse! Thiele worked, among others, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. Thiele was also of persuading the pianist McCoy Tyner, according to his recordings as a member of Coltrane Quartet also include solo albums. In addition to the musical profile of the company Thiele also characterized the optical, as he led the typical Impulse plates! Orange - black gatefold cover - normal were simple insertion Cases - a.
As most outstanding work of Thiele as a producer applies the John Coltrane album A Love Supreme from the year 1964. His most famous work as a composer is the Louis Armstrong titled What a Wonderful World, which he wrote with George David Weiss.