King Records

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.

On this King Records special on July 7th at 11pm, you'll hear about jump blues artist, Bull Moose Jackson, who ruled the R&B charts from the late 40s and early 50s. Bull Moose Jackson, best known for “Big Ten Inch,” had his first big hit in 1947 with “I Love You, Yes I Do,” which is widely accepted as the first R &B single to sell a million copies. Jackson had 12 hits from 1946 to 1952 on the R& B chart.

On this King Records rockabilly special, Saturday, June 30th at 11pm, the King of Covers, Delbert Barker, is featured.  Mr.

This Saturday night, June 23rd at 11pm, you'll hear a King Records special about three musicians who recorded country music there.  In 2008, I spoke with Orangie Ray Hubbard, Jr Spivey, and Herman Cress about their work at King Records.  Orangie Ray Hubbard came into the studio on 5/20/08 and returned a second time with Jr Spivey on 8/5/08.  I also had a  conversation with Herman Cress on 10/14/08.  Herman Cress played upright bass in Orangie Ray Hubbard's band with Jr Spivey on guitar.

During this one-hour special, you'll hear Orangie talk about his roots in Barbourville, KY, his life in Detroit, and his move back to Cincinnati and his musical career.   He discusses payola, Rusty York's studio, Syd Nathan, and Louis Innis.  Jr Spivey shares his memories of recording with another King Records musician, Hank Ballard, as well as recording with Orangie Ray Hubbard and playing with Lonnie Mack. Herman Cress also remembers Ray Pennington, Lucky Records, and playing with Orangie.  In addition to these interviews, you'll hear some of the songs recorded by Orangie Ray Hubbard at King Records and another by Herman Cress.

Beginning this Saturday night, June 16th at 11pm, on The Blues, we're going to repeat some of the many specials I've produced over the years since 2007 about King Records and the talented musicians who recorded there.  This King Records special begins with a 2010 phone conversation I had with Bill Beach who was born in Glencoe Kentucky in 1932.  

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Waddell Falland, who recorded on King Records, passed away May 29, according to Walker Funeral Home. He along with Jimmy Railey were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions and The Famous Flames.  

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Efforts to save the former King Records studio building in Evanston are a step closer to becoming reality.

As Women's History Month wraps up, Lee Hay welcomes in Sue Plummer and Christine Anderson from Xavier University.   They are documenting the many women who were part of Cincinnati's legendary King Records and encourage listeners to email them any names or other information that will help.  Please email them directly:  Sue Plummer - plummers1@xavier.edu -  and Christine Anderson - andersoc@xavier.edu.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a love story for the ages. Recorded as part of last spring's Cincinnati visit of StoryCorps, legendary King Records drummer Philip Paul and his wife, Roberta, tell their story of a love that was worth the wait.

The King Records month long celebration in September is coming to a close, and tonight's one of the few remaining events this week.

Stan Hertzman, who's been a guest on Around Cincinnati in the past, will talk about King Records and the group Them.  Great stories from Cincinnati's historical past.

Stan will be at the Public Library's downtown branch tonight at 7pm.

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King Records Month: 5 Royales


Celebrating King Records Month: Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

In honor of Cincinnnati's celebration of King Records in September, I produced a special about Hank Ballard & the Midnighters which will air on Saturday, September 9th at 11pm and again Sunday, September 10th at 7pm.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke by telephone recently with the two remaining Midnighters, Billy Davis and Norman Thrasher.  They've both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Midnighters.

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Local steel guitarist Cameron Cochran will spend September celebrating King Records Month with a series of performances and a tribute to the iconic locally-produced TV show, Midwestern Hayride

September will again celebrate the history and legacy of Cincinnati's King Records

King Records continues to be recognized for its significance to Cincinnati through radio documentaries airing on WVXU and WMUB.  The series of radio documentaries which aired in September, 2016, for King Records month have won two awards, both in the radio documentary category, the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications and Ohio’s Society of Professional Journalists.

Cincinnati City Council decided Wednesday to go to court to acquire the former King Records studio building in Evanston by eminent domain.

A King Records Christmas

Dec 23, 2016
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Lee Hay has a very special treat for you: A King Records Christmas!

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Here's my annual 2016 Holiday Program Guide, and it's bigger and better than ever. Here's the link to my 14-page 2016 Holiday Program Guide. It's also at the bottom of this page.

More shows, more listings, more info. (I've added the networks this year, in addition to the local channels, so people in other cities can find their holiday favorites too. If you have family or friends who have enjoyed my list in the past, please send them the link.)

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to consider a demolition permit sought by owners of the King Records building in Evanston.

Join us Saturday night, October 1st at 11pm, for the second part of a two-part spotlight on the talented songwriter/producer Henry Glover.  This special will focus on his post-King Records career.

Henry Glover was undoubtedly a major force behind the success of King Records.  Tonight, 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.

In this third installment of a September celebration of King Records, the spotlight's on R&B singer Roy Brown who had a significant influence on the early development of rock 'n roll and wrote the classic jump blues song "Good Rocking Tonight.”

This Saturday night at 11pm, September 10th, the spotlight's on King Recording musician Wynonie Harris.  You'll hear from his son, Wesley Devereaux from his home in Omaha, and also Tony Collins who lives in England and wrote the biography, Rock Mr. Blues: The Life & Music of Wynonie Harris.  Music historian Brian Powers spoke with both of these guests recently.  You'll also hear from special guest Elwood who introduces the special and one of the songs.

  On Saturday night, September 3rd at 11pm, join me for the first of five one-hour specials on King Records as part of the celebration of King Records in September.

September is King Records Month in Cincinnati. WVXU will pay tribute with four special episodes of Lee Hay's Blues show (Saturday nights at 11pm starting September 3). 

You can learn about Cincinnati's most famous record label with dozens of events and special shows on this six-page list for King Records Month 2016. 

Print out the list and circle your favorites. These are mine:

September is King Records month as the former Cincinnati label turns 73 years old. Three dozen activities are planned. They are listed here and include everything from a traveling exhibit to a gospel lunch to a listening party.

King Records Month

Jul 25, 2016

WVXU helps celebrate King Records month throughout September with two special programs. Tune in Saturdays at 11:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm.

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Updated 4/28/16: WVXU-FM will repeat a Lonnie Mack 70th birthday blues special at 11 p.m. Saturday as a tribute to the legendary guitarist who died April 21 near his Nashville home.

The one-hour special, produced by Lee Hay, was originally broadcast July 16, 2011.  Here's her description of the 2011 program:

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