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Cincinnati (OH-KY-IN tri-state area)
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King Records — In a Nutshell

What a revelation to find out that World Radio History‘s website not only allows access to a comprehension collection of music trade publications, including Billboard, Cash Box, and Record World, but also the ability to search all back issues simultaneously! What’s especially helpful is how the search results often show

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"Mambo Mexicano"
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King’s Budget Subsidiary Label

According to Both Sides Now Publications: In late 1958, Audio Lab was formed as a budget label subsidiary to Cincinnati-based King Records.  From 1959 -1962, Audio Lab released a lot of material that had never appeared in album form, including rare albums by Bullmoose Jackson, Annie Laurie, April Stevens, Lattie

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"I Love to Yodel"
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King’s Classic Yodeling 78

78 RPM claims that King released Carolina Cotton‘s signature song “I Love to Yodel” (penned by the singer herself) as the B-side – Discogs, too.  I find that hard to believe: “I Love to Yodel” Carolina Cotton (1946) According to the person who posted this audio clip on YouTube: Recorded

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"Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me"
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Rare & Unissued King/Federal/DeLuxe

R  A  R  E    &    O  B  S  C  U  R  E     K  I  N  G Click on song titles below for streaming audio (where available) Merle Travis — along with Grandpa Jones — would inaugurate King Records in 1943 as the first two musical artists to

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"Money, Marbles and Chalk"
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King Records Meets “Big Red” – Seymour Stein (Pt. 1)

In May, 2015’s piece about Guitar Crusher, it was pointed out that Seymour Stein, along with fellow Sire Records co-founder, Richard Gottehrer, had done production work on a Columbia recording in 1967, having formed Sire Productions the year before.  As Billboard would note in its chronology of the music industry

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"Steel Guitar Stomp"
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It’s True: Noel Boggs Once Played on a King Record

Hank Penny‘s first recording session for King Records took place at the Wurlitzer Music Company in Cincinnati sometime mid-1944.  Roy Lanham — pioneering guitarist who was too “hillbilly” for the jazz crowd and too “jazzy” for country fans — would play on this session, as well as Louis Innis, it’s

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"Mountain Mambo"
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“Mountain Mambo”: Latinbilly

Joe Goldmark is not only a musician but also a scholar, whose International Steel Guitar and Dobro Discography – “a resource book that attempts to list every steel guitar and Dobro instrumental ever recorded” – is a fascinating reference tool for those interested in Syd Nathan’s King Records legacy. Jerry

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"Twin Guitar Polka"
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“Twin Guitar Polka”: Western Swing on King – The Early Years

King Records’ first year of existence – 1943 – produced exactly one recording session that yielded two singles recorded by Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis using aliases, since they were under contract to WLW.  King’s inaugural recording session took place, according to Merle Travis biographer, Deke Dickerson, “in a room

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"Flaming Rock Steady"
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“Flaming Rock Steady”: It’s a Scorcher

In 1966 legendary session guitarist, Ernest Ranglin, released a fun and breezy set of instrumentals in Jamaica on the Federal label entitled, A Mod A Mod Ranglin. The original 12-song LP has since been reissued on CD with six additional tracks – including this one, “Flaming Rock Steady“:~ “Flaming Rock

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"Pink Velvet Swing"
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“Pink Velvet Swing”: Six Degrees of Roy Clark

In 1962 Capitol Records released a Roy Clark instrumental LP entitled, The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark.  Given the year of release, Roy shows amazing restraint by limiting to three the number of songs whose titles end with the word “Twist.” One obvious album highlight is Roy’s version of Hank

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