King Records

Elaine Diehl

The brothers Blase, Jim and Darren, dropped by WVXU's studio last week and talked with Elaine Diehl about their eclectic, nationally-recognized Northside record store that's celebrating its 20th anniversary the month of March.

During the interview, they talk about how the store was started and how different the record store experience is for a customer as compared to clicking on an i-phone or computer to buy music.  They mention that coming into the store opens up new possibilities for purchases folks might not have been aware of on a phone or computer which may narrow their searches.

As part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit King Records: Thirty Years That Changed American Music | 1943-1973 will be officially dedicated on Thursday, February 28 in Cleveland. 

Documenting the history and impact of Cincinnati's King Records continues with a new cinematic docu-series. 

Seymour Stein is coming to Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, December 1st at 3pm to the downtown Public Library for a presentation on his time with Syd Nathan, King Records, and Sire Records which he founded.  We were delighted when Stein found some time on November 14th to talk by phone with Brian Powers, King Records historian, about his time with Syd Nathan who became his mentor in the recording industry.  There was a discussion about the history of King Records, some of the artists who recorded there, and the importance of King compared to Chess & Sun Records.  Seymour Stein also shared how Sire Records got its name and that from Syd Nathan he learned that the song was the most important thing - the song comes first - advice he took with him to Sire Records.  Stein's new memoir is "Siren Song: My Life in Music," and he'll be signing copies of it at his library visit on December 1st.

Several years in the making, Playhouse in the Park is ready for the stage debut of their original musical production based on Cincinnati's iconic record label, King Records

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September. We're calling this weekend's show A King Records Potpourri, featuring these segments:

Roy Baugher

 

In honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records this month, the last special I'm producing has a potpourri of topics from a look at the Tokyo Happy Coats and Playhouse in the Park's production of "Cincinnati King" to Darren Blase's efforts to showcase his King Records collection at Shake It Records, plus the preservation work being done to save the King Records studio on Brewster Avenue.  

This King Records Potpourri special will air on Saturday night, September 22nd, at 11pm and again Sunday evening, September 23rd, at 7pm.

Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September. This week's show is the second of two parts looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

This week's musical events include many local concerts as well as several events in honor of the 75th anniversary of King Records.  Tickets are going on sale Friday, September 14th for two December shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also concerts by Cher in Louisville and Indianapolis.  

The GoFundMe campaign in support of a documentary about the great saxophonist Jimmy McGary will end Saturday, September 15th.  


Around Cincinnati celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Cincinnati's legendary record label King Records during September with two programs looking at James Brown Productions – conversations with and stories from those who worked with the Godfather of Soul during his King Records days.

James Brown Productions, Part 1

September starts off with a number of King Records-related events which continue throughout the month.  Concerts, panels, a twist dance at the Cincinnati Reds, a King tribute by Roomful of Blues are just some of the lineup.  There's a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a Jimmy McGary documentary, plus music lessons and lots of concerts in this week's Music Notes!

In honor of the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records in September, Lee Hay and Brian Powers have teamed up for another series of specials about some of the musicians who recorded at King Records.

The first special will feature "The King of Hillbilly Piano Players," Moon Mullican who recorded at King Records from 1946 until the late 1950's and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1951.

The special will air on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday evening, September 1st at 11pm; Sunday, September 2nd at 7pm; and Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd at 1pm.

Oscar Pepper, Moon Mullican's nephew, spoke with Brian Powers by phone from his home in Texas on February 25, 2018.  He shares memories of Moon's early life in Texas, the Grand Ole Opry, his songwriting career & royalties, and also Moon's funeral and gravesite.

King Records Month in Cincinnati kicks off Saturday, September 1st, at Listermann Brewing Company with their latest 4-pack of limited edition beer, “The King of Them All,” in honor of King Records.  “The King of Them All” is a salute to the day, 75 years ago in September, 1943, when Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis recorded the first songs for King Records. 

In honor of the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records in September, Lee Hay and Brian Powers have teamed up for another series of specials about some of the musicians who recorded at King Records.

The first special will feature "The King of Hillbilly Piano Players," Moon Mullican who recorded at King Records from 1946 until the late 1950's and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1951.

The special will air on WVXU/WMUB on Saturday evening, September 1st at 11pm; Sunday, September 2nd at 7pm; and Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd at 1pm.

Oscar Pepper, Moon Mullican's nephew, spoke with Brian Powers by phone from his home in Texas on February 25, 2018.  He shares memories of Moon's early life in Texas, the Grand Ole Opry, his songwriting career & royalties, and also Moon's funeral and gravesite.

Cincinnati is ready to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the legendary King Records with more than 40 events around the community. 

UniverSoul Circus
Courtesy / Boon Vong

If life has felt like a circus lately, well, this weekend is about to replace that craziness with a little fun. 

From local jazz concerts to Commander Cody at Ludlow Garage and the King Records gala celebration, there's plenty of music for your taste this week in the Cincinnati area.

Cincinnati's iconic King Records is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and a special event is coming to Memorial Hall on August 25. 

Continuing the celebration of the King Records 75th Anniversary, Queen City Kings will recreate the King sound at the Celebrate the King gala at Memorial Hall on August 25.  

This summer, we're sharing specials about King Records that I've produced over the past 10 years or so leading up to the 75th anniversary celebration of King Records on August 25th.  Details of the event are still being worked out, so as soon as they become available, I'll post on this website.

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