King Records

A tribute to Syd Nathan

Apr 25, 2014

A tribute to Syd Nathan, founder of Cincinnati’s famed King Records, who was born in Cincinnati on April 27, 1904.

According to a touching article written by Cliff Radel for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rusty York, who owned Jewel Studio in Mt. Healthy, passed away recently in Florida.  You'll find some great photographs on his page in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Cincinnati connection since the song was released on King Records:

"GET UP — I FEEL LIKE BEING LIKE A SEX MACHINE"
James Brown
(James Brown)
King (1970)
Single

Recorded in Nashville on  April 25, 1970 according to “The King Labels: A Discography, Volume 1” compiled by Michel Ruppli.  Bootsy Collins is listed as playing electric bass on the song.  The Grammy ceremony will be broadcast live on Jan. 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

September brings to Cincinnati the 70th Anniversary celebration of the historic King Records. Brian Powers from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County talks with Lee Hay about the events being scheduled during the month, both at the library and other locations around the area. (Lee Hay will rebroadcast her acclaimed 4-part King Records special each Saturday night in September on her Blues show at 11pm).

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, is a five-part series hosted by Lee Hay and is produced to honor the label’s impact on Cincinnati and music.

The series includes interviews with former King musicians, music historians, and music fans. A roundtable discussion of King Records moderated by music journalist Larry Nager and including Otis Williams and the Charms (Jimmy Railey, J.J. Peterson, and Rufus Allen), session drummer Philip Paul and his wife Juanita, and vocalist Keith Little is also featured.

King Records: Cincinnati Legacy, Part I