Seymour Stein

Rick Olivier

On this week's blues show, Saturday, December 1st at 11pm, the first set begins with Etta James and Charlie Musselwhite and ends with Mose Allison and New Orleans vocalist Johnny Adams.  The music of Nina Simone and a live version of Ernestine Anderson's song, "Please Send Me Someone To Love," complete the second set.  And, the rest of the show features a November 14th phone interview of Seymour Stein and King Records historian Brian Powers.  Stein will be at the public library's main branch downtown Saturday, December 1st at 3pm for a booksigning of his book, "Siren Song: My Life in Music."  His music career began at King Records, Syd Nathan was the greatest influence on his career in the music business.

The holidays are upon us, and therefore, lots of related events like Price Hill Will's "Holiday on the Hill,"  the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nutter Center, Saengerfest 2018, and tickets going on sale for the Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival.

A film documentary, "Free to Rock," will be shown at UC's Main Street Cinema on campus Friday, November 30th at 1pm.  Doug Yeager, one of the filmmakers, will be in attendance and also participate in the question & answer session afterwards.  

And, sadly, Walt Harrell, "Bunky Tadwell," one of WNOP's on-air personalities, passed away recently.  His funeral will be held this Saturday, December 1st in Delhi at the Dennis George Funeral Home.

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.

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. 

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, Saturday, July 28th at 11pm, you'll hear about his years at King Records, and next week in part 2, you'll hear about Henry Glover's post-King Records career.