King of the Queen City

King of the Queen City

The Story of King Records

eBook - 2009
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King of the Queen City is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Founded by businessman Sydney Nathan in the mid-1940s, this small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, attracted a diverse roster of artists, including James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, Bill Doggett, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. While other record companies concentrated on one style of music, King was active in virtually all genres of vernacular American music, from blues and R & B to rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, and country.

A progressive company in a reactionary time, King was led by an interracial creative and executive staff that redefined the face and voice of American music as well as the way it was recorded and sold. Drawing on personal interviews, research in newspapers and periodicals, and deep access to the King archives, Jon Hartley Fox weaves together the elements of King's success, focusing on the dynamic personalities of the artists, producers, and key executives such as Syd Nathan, Henry Glover, and Ralph Bass. The book also includes a foreword by legendary guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dave Alvin.


From James Brown to the Stanley Brothers, the story of the glory years of a pioneering independent American record company


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In its time--1943 to the late 1960s--King Records was absolutely unique, and it deserves a unique account of its history. King of the Queen City is that account: focused, thoroughly researched, well written, and filled with vital information about America's most important independent record label.--Nolan Porterfield, author of Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler_x000B__x000B__x000B__x000B_"A much needed glimpse of an underappreciated pop culture institution.--Publishers Weekly
King of the Queen City is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Jon Hartley Fox tells the story of a small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, that attracted an extremely diverse roster of artists, including the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, Bill Doggett, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, and even a young James Brown. While other record companies concentrated on one style of music, King was active in virtually all genres of vernacular American music, from blues and R & B to rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, and country._x000B__x000B_Founded by businessman Sydney Nathan in the mid-1940s, King Records led the way for the hundreds of independent record companies of the 1940s and 1950s. A progressive company in a reactionary time, King was led by an interracial creative and executive staff that redefined the face and voice of American music as well as the way it was recorded and sold. Fox weaves together the elements of King's success, focusing on the dynamic personalities of the artists, producers, and key executives such as Nathan, Henry Glover, and Ralph Bass. Drawing on personal interviews, research in newspapers and periodicals, and deep access to the King archives, this book captures a sense of the inspired mayhem that permeated King Records in its glory days. The book includes a foreword by legendary guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dave Alvin.

Book News
If the only thing Sydney Nathan's King Records had done was to start the recording career of James Brown, that would have been enough to secure a prominent place for the Cincinnati-based label in the history of U.S. popular music. But King did far more than that during the 25 years that Nathan was at the helm, recording artists as varied as Freddie King, the Stanley Brothers, Ike Turner, and Cowboy Copas. Chronicling the label's history from its beginning in 1943 as an offshoot of a record store through its massive successes with James Brown in the 1960s, author Fox shows how King Records succeeded by recording a wide range of music, instead of by focusing on a particular musical genre (like most other indie labels of the time). Filling a big hole in the history of the U.S. recording industry, this well-written and authoritative book will appeal to numerous readers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9780252091278
0252091272
1283063875
9781283063876
0252080556
9780252080555
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 234 pages :) : illustrations

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