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King Records: Cincinnati Legacy

Sundays in October at 8:00 PM
Playlist and audio for each program will be available the day after broadcast

Join us for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, a four-part series airing Sunday evenings at 8 during October. This special series is hosted by Lee Hay and is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music.

The series will include interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans. A roundtable discussion of King Records moderated by music journalist Larry Nager and including Otis Williams and the Charms (Jimmy Railey, J.J. Peterson, and Rufus Allen), session drummer Philip Paul and his wife Juanita, and vocalist Keith Little will also be featured.

King Musicians
Jimmy Railey, Otis Williams, Larry Nager, J.J. Peterson, Rufus Allen, Juanita Paul, Philip Paul and Keith Little

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I
October 7, 2007

This episode begins with an historical overview of King Records and its founder Syd Nathan. Darren Blasé, a noted historian of King Records, participates along with Randy McNutt, author of the just released book The Cincinnati Sound.

The legacy of King Records stretches across over six decades of music history. Started in 1943 by Syd Nathan in Cincinnati, King Records defined the times with not only the types of music recorded, but also the way records were released to the public. The early music of King Records from the 1940’s and early 1950’s is included in part one of the special with songs by the Delmore Brothers, Cowboy Copas, Grandpa Jones, Bullmoose Jackson, Roy Brown, Boyd Bennett & His Rockets, the Casinos, Wynonie Harris, the Royals, and many others.

Playlist for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I

Artist

Song

CD

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

The Twist

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. One

Lonnie Johnson

Tomorrow Night

The King R&B Box Set

Bill Doggett

Honky Tonk (Part 2)

The King R&B Box Set

Delmore Brothers

Hillbilly Boogie

Freight Train Boogie

James Brown

Please, Please, Please

The Singles, Vol.3: 1964-1965

Delmore Brothers

Beale Street Boogie

King: Hillbilly Bop 'n' Boogie

Cowboy Copas

Three Strikes and You're Out

King: Hillbilly Bop 'n' Boogie

Grandpa Jones

It's Raining Here This Morning (original)

King: Hillbilly Bop 'n' Boogie

Shorty Long

Goodnight Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennessee

King: Hillbilly Bop 'n' Boogie

Lucky Millinder

I'm Waiting Just For You

The King R&B Box Set

Bullmoose Jackson

I Want a Bowlegged Woman

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Roy Brown

Long About Midnight

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Moon Mullican

Mona Lisa

Seven Nights To Rock

Boyd Bennett & His Rockets

Rockin' Up a Storm

The Best of King Recordings

Casinos

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Best of the Casinos: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Wynonie Harris

Good Rockin' Tonight

The King R&B Box Set

The Royals

Work With Me Annie

The Federal Singles

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part II
October 14, 2007

The Charms in 1953
The Charms, from the 1953/54 Withrow High School yearbook

Part 2 features the strong rhythm & blues recordings of the 1950’s. Interviews with Philip Paul and Otis Williams, and other members of the roundtable discussion is included along with others with ties to King Records over the years. There is music from Little Willie John, Otis Williams and the Charms, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, The Dominoes, Freddy King, Rusty York, Philip Paul’s work as a session player, and many more.

Playlist for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part II

Artist

Song

CD

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Tiny Bradshaw

Soft

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. One

Otis Williams and the Charms

Quiet Please

Otis Williams and the Charms

Otis Williams and the Charms

Hearts of Stone

Otis Williams and the Charms

Tiny Bradshaw

The Train Kept A'Rollin'

The King R&B Box Set

Jimmy Wyble and his Rifftette

Huntin' Business All the Time

Shuffle Town

Otis Williams and the Charms

That's Your Mistake

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Sonny Thompson

Mellow Blues (Parts 1&2)

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. One

Stanley Brothers

Finger Poppin' Time

The Early Starday/King Years, Vol. 3

Boyd Bennett & His Rockets

You Upset Me Baby

Rockin' Up a Storm

Platters

Only You (And You Alone)

The King R&B Box Set

Freddie King

San-Ho-Zay

Ultimate Collection

Otis Williams and the Charms

Crazy Crazy Love

Otis Williams and the Charms

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part III
October 21, 2007

Part 3 features stories and recordings from the 1950’s and 1960’s. There is an interview with Waddell Falland, who played with James Brown as a member of the Famous Flames. Mr. Falland discusses his work with the Solars and Bobby & the Expressions, as well as the Famous Flames. Also included is more of the roundtable discussion moderated by Larry Nager with Keith Little, Jimmy Railey, Rufus Allen, J.J. Peterson. Also, there is sound actualities of Syd Nathan addressing his staff back in the early 1950’s.

King Records defined the times with not only the types of music recorded, but also the way records were released to the public. From blues and country to rhythm & blues, King Records was an active player from the mid-1940’s to the late 60’s when Syd Nathan passed away. One of the main reasons for King’s success was the economical approach to the record business. Every step of the process was done within the walls of King Records. From recording, to pressing, designing and printing album covers, and placing in the warehouse for distribution… all of these activities were performed in a self-contained facility. This system was a stroke of genius by Syd Nathan – a way to lower his costs and remain in competition with the major labels.

Playlist for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part III

Artist

Song

CD

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Little Willie John

Fever

The King R&B Box Set

Syd Nathan

A&R Meeting - 12/11/54

The King R&B Box Set

Bobby & Jimmy

Down the Road and Over the Hill

Solar Heat

Otis Williams and the Charms

One Fine Day

Otis Williams and the Charms

Wynonie Harris

All She Wants To Do Is Rock

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. One

Echoes

All That Wine Is Gone

Solar Heat

Bobby & the Expressions

Everywhere I Go

Solar Heat

Bobby & the Expressions

Slooptime USA

Solar Heat

Solars

Nobody Knows But My Baby & Me

Solar Heat

Rusty York

Tremblin'

King Rockabilly

Rusty York

Sugaree

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Shake 'Em Up Baby

King: Rock 'n Roll

Lonnie Mack

I'll Keep You Happy

The Wham of That Memphis Man!

Lonnie Mack

Memphis

The Wham of That Memphis Man!

Lonnie Mack

Wham

The Wham of That Memphis Man!

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part IV
October 28, 2007

Through the years since King Records pulled out of the studios in Evanston, there have been attempts by several individuals to honor the label and its founder. Syd Nathan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. But, the famous building at 1540 Brewster Avenue still sits there with no plaque, no memorial, no statue of Syd Nathan… a plain concrete building. James Brown visited the building a few years ago with hopes of bringing attention to the historical landmark. Bootsy Collins is currently trying to get the building restored. Perhaps with his efforts plus support from blues fans and Cincinnati City Council, King Records will be officially recognized as a testament to its important contributions to the country’s musical heritage. One only need to review the success of the King Tribute concert at this year’s Cincy Blues Fest to know that there are still fans of this important part of Cincinnati’s history.

Part 4 focuses on the legacy of King Records with a look by Stuart Holman at Freddie King and Albert King's influences on Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. There is also a roundtable discussion of King's legacy with contributions from other musicians as well.

Playlist for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part IV

Artist

Song

CD

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Freddie King

Hide Away

Ultimate Collection

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers

Hide Away

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers

Albert King

Let's Have a Natural Ball

The Very Best of Albert King

Freddie King

I'm Tore Down

Ultimate Collection

The Dominoes

Sixty Minute Man

King R&B Box Set

Junior McCants

The Boy Needs A Girl

King Northern Soul

Junior McCants

Try Me For Your New Love

King Northern Soul

Billy Ward and His Dominoes

That's What You're Doin' To Me

King R&B Box Set

Bill Doggett

Honky Tonky (Part 1)

King R&B Box Set

James Brown

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)

King R&B Box Set

The Drivers

Smooth, Slow and Easy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. One

Bootsy Collins with Sonny Moorman

Hide Away

Hidden Treasures

The 5 Royales

Dedicated to the One I Love

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Vol. Two

Bonnie Lou OkumKing Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part V
February 2, 2008

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part 5 is a tribute to two rockabilly legends still living in the Greater Cincinnati area - Bonnie Lou and Rusty York.

Bonnie Lou was famous for her work on the Midwestern Hayride and also WLW. She also recorded for King Records back in the 1950s. These songs launched into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. We were thrilled to have Bonnie Lou come into the WVXU studio on November 28th, 2007, to talk with local music historian Randy McNutt about her career. She currently lives in Anderson Township on the eastern side of Cincinnati.

Rusty York is also in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and recorded at King Records in the 1950s. He is still owns Jewel Recording Studio in Mt. Healthy, on the northern side of Cincinnati, and resides in Indiana. We were very lucky to have Rusty come into the studio on November 15th, 2007 and share stories about his career at King Records with local musician Stuart Holman.

You can find more information along with photos of each musician in Randy McNutt's book, The Cincinnati Sound.

Playlist for King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part V

Artist

Song

CD

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Volume Two

Bonnie Lou

Huckleberry Pie

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Seven Lonely Days

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Tennessee Wig Walk

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Daddy-O

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Little Miss Bobby Sox

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Tweedle Dee(Take 3- Master)

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Bonnie Lou

Kit 'N' Kaboodle (Take 2 - Master)

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Rusty York

Peggy Sue

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

La Dee Dah (duet with Bonnie Lou)

Doin' the Tennessee Wig Walk: The Best of the King Years

Rusty York

Shake Em Up Baby

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Sugaree

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Great Balls of Fire

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Goodnight Cincinnati, Good Morning Tennessee

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Rock and Roll Memories

Rusty York

Sweet Love

Rock and Roll Memories

Todd Rhodes

Blues For the Red Boy

Very Best of King-Federal-Deluxe, Volume Two

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy Links

King Records' story told in high-tech fashion
news.cincinnati.com

Soul man: Influential singer's short, dramatic life captured by in book by son, author
www.thenewsherald.com

New York Times
www.nytimes.com

Orangie Hubbard's Obituary
www.legacy.com

Shake It Records
www.shakeitrecords.com

King Records - discography
www.bsnpubs.com

Randy McNutt: Author of The Cincinnati Sound
www.randymcnutt.com

Jon Hartley Fox: Author of King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records speaks with Lee Hay
Listen to the interview


King Records
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is excited to announce a new show as a part of the 2012 Induction Week of Events. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band at the Beachland Ballroom on Friday, April 6. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Parliament Funkadelic bassist William “Bootsy” Collins is known for his star-shaped sunglasses, glittery “space bass” and charismatic demeanor and has become a funk icon and solo star in his own right. For a new concert tour, Collins has assembled P-Funk alumni Bernie Worrell, Frankie Kash Waddy and Blackbyrd McKnight as well as Razor Sharp Johnson and T.M. Stevens to form the Funk Unity Band for the 2012 Funk Unity Tour in support of his new album, Tha Funk Capitol Of The World.

Tickets are $35 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at www.beachlandballroom.com or by calling (216) 383-1124.

A limited number of VIP tickets to "Hang with Bootsy" before the show are available for $125. Please call the Rock Hall at (216) 515-1233 to make reservations.

For more information about the show or induction week events, visit rockhall.com.

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