King Records (1943-68, Cincinnati, US; family-owned label)

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The KING Record label was begun in 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio by Sydney Nathan. Predominately known as a R&B label, King originally recorded such country greats as Grandpa Jones and The Stanley Brothers as well as R&B favorites like Roy Brown, Little Willie John, Hank Ballard, James Brown, Wynonie Harris and many others. For many years it was one of the oldest independent, family-owned businesses in the USA. In 1968 King merged with Starday Records, started in 1952 by Don Pierce, to become one of the Top 20 companies in the US at that time.

originally headquartered at 1540 Brewster Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Annotation last modified on 2012-09-02 17:00 .


I've Been All Around This WorldGrandpa Jones10" Shellac2524[none]
845 StompEarl Bostic10" Vinyl14198
New Pretty Blonde (New Jole Blon) / When A Soldier Knocks And Finds Nobody HomeMoon Mullican and His Showboys10" Shellac2578[none]
Shenandoah Waltz / There's a Big Rock in the RoadClyde MoodyVinyl2619
Signed Sealed and Delivered / Opportunity Is Knockin' at Your DoorCowboy CopasVinyl2658
All My Love Belongs to You / I Want a Bowlegged WomanBull Moose JacksonVinyl24189
Good Rockin' Tonight / Good Morning Mr. BluesWynonie Harris10" Shellac24210[none]
Tomorrow Night / What a WomanLonnie Johnson10" Shellac24201[none]
I'll Sail My Ship Alone / Moon's TuneMoon Mullican10" Vinyl2830[none]
Boodie Green / After You've GoneTiny BradshawVinyl24376
Afraid / I Love You BecauseClyde Moody10" Shellac1837
Southern Hospitality / You Don't Have to Be a Baby to CryMoon Mullican and His ShowboysVinyl2868
Mr. Trumpet Man / The Jumping JackLucky Millinder & His OrchestraVinyl24436
I'm Waiting Just for You / Bongo BoogieLucky Millinder & His OrchestraVinyl24453
No One Else Could Be / The Grape VineLucky Millinder & His OrchestraVinyl24476
The Right Kind of Lovin' / It's Been a Long Long TimeLucky Millinder & His OrchestraVinyl24496
I'll Drown in My Tears / Clang! Clang! Clang!Lula Reed10" Vinyl24527
Knockin’ Blues / The Train Kept A-Rollin’Tiny Bradshaw7" Vinyl245-4497[none]
A Beautiful Waste Of TimeMary Small7" Vinyl245-15163
A Pretty Wreath for Mother's Grave / A Rose on God's ShoreReno and Smiley7" Vinyl21199
Big Ten-Inch Record / I Needed YouMoose Jackson7" Vinyl245-4580[none]
Trying to Live Without You / My Baby Keeps Rollin'Annisteen AllenVinyl24622
Rags to Riches / Don't Thank MeBilly Ward and His DominoesVinyl21280
Baby, I'm Doing It / Yes, I KnowAnnisteen AllenVinyl24608
Wasn't That Good / Mama Your Daughter's Done Lied on MeWynonie Harris10" Shellac24620[none]
Wanted / My Brand Of LovingAnnisteen AllenVinyl24642
I'm Waiting Just for YouLucky Millinder & His OrchestraVinyl4EP 268
Dixie Breakdown / Your Tears Are Just Interest on the LoanReno and SmileyVinyl21390
Your Tears Are Just Interest on the Loan / Dixie BreakdownDon Reno, Red Smiley & The Tennessee Cut-UpsVinyl21390
Dixie Breakdown / Your Tears Are Just Interest on the LoanReno and SmileyVinyl245-1390
Down by the River / I Don't Want No SubstituteAnnisteen AllenVinyl24691
Seventeen / Little Ole You-AllBoyd Bennett & His Rockets7" Vinyl245-1470[none]
Banjo Rock and Roll / My Boy - Flat TopBoyd Bennett & His Rockets7" Vinyl245-1494[none]
Oh Yes / Left With a Broken HeartThe Admirals7" Vinyl245-4772[none]
Dancing in My Socks / Daddy-OBonnie Lou7" Vinyl245-4835[none]
Nuttin' for Xmas / Christmas QuestionsJoe Ward7" Vinyl245-4854[none]
Close Your Eyes / Give Me Your LoveThe Admirals7" Vinyl24782[none]
Rock and Roll WithBoyd Bennett & His RocketsVinyl4EP-377
Tweedlee Dee / The Finger of SuspicionBonnie Lou7" Vinyl2K4316[none]
Everybody Dance the Honky TonkBill Doggett12" Vinyl11395-531
Seven Nights to Rock / Honolulu Rock-A Roll-AMoon Mullican with Boyd Bennett and His Rockets7" Vinyl245-4894[none]
Fever / Letter From My DarlingLittle Willie John7" Vinyl245-4935[none]
Honky TonkBill Doggett7" Vinyl245-4950[none]
For YouEarl Bostic12" Vinyl12503
FeverLittle Willie John12" Vinyl12DG 564[none]
Nobody's Woman / When You DecideCharlie Feathers With Jody & Jerry7" Vinyl245-5022
Too Much Alike / When You Come AroundCharlie Feathers With Jody & Jerry7" Vinyl245-5043
No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine / Richmond RuckusReno and SmileyVinyl245-5079
No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine / Richmond RuckusReno and SmileyVinyl25079
To Protect The Innocent / Whistle Of The Gravy TrainBobby Grove7" Vinyl245-5007
Stop the Pain / Hold Your LovingTitus Turner7" Vinyl245-5095
Hot DoggettBill Doggett12" Vinyl12514
Dance TimeEarl Bostic And His Alto Sax12" Vinyl12525
Triple ThreatRahsaan Roland Kirk10" Vinyl7539
This Is LorezLorez Alexandria And King Fleming12" Vinyl12542
The Doggett Beat for Dancing FeetBill Doggett12" Vinyl12557[none]
Clyde McPhatter with Billy Ward and His DominoesClyde McPhatter with Billy Ward and His Dominoes12" Vinyl12559[none]
Talk to Me, Talk to Me / SpasmsLittle Willie John7" Vinyl25108
Coralee / Tears of Joy Fill My EyesTitus Turner7" Vinyl245-5140
Their Greatest HitsHank Ballard and The Midnighters12" Vinyl12541
Grandpa Jones Sings His Greatest HitsGrandpa Jones12" Vinyl12554[none]
Songs of the HillsWayne Raney12" Vinyl16588
Sixteen Sacred Songs Vol. 2Brown's Ferry Four12" Vinyl16590
Talk to MeLittle Willie John12" Vinyl12596[none]
As You Desire MeBill DoggettVinyl12
Dame Dreaming With Bill DoggettBill DoggettVinyl12
Moody Blues Play Only After MidnightSonny Thompson12" Vinyl16
The One and Only Webb PierceWebb Pierce12" Vinyl12648
Teardrops on Your Letter / The TwistHank Ballard and The Midnighters7" Vinyl245-5171[none]
Return of StagoleeTitus Turner7" Vinyl245-5186
Bonnie Baby / Miss Rubberneck JonesTitus Turner7" Vinyl245-5243
Please, Please, Please (mono)James Brown and The Famous Flames12" Vinyl16610[none]
The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain BoysThe Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys12" Vinyl12615
Singin’ and Swingin’Hank Ballard and The Midnighters12" Vinyl14618[none]
Strictly Country TunesGrandpa Jones12" Vinyl12625[none]
Try MeJames Brown and the Famous Flames12" Vinyl16635
Their Version of the StandardsHomer & Jethro12" Vinyl12639[none]
Hymns and Sacred SongsThe Stanley Brothers12" Vinyl12645
The PlattersThe Platters12" Vinyl12651[none]
For The Evening HoursRuby WrightVinyl14659
Earl Bostic Plays Sweet Tunes of the Roaring 20s, Volume 1Earl Bostic7" Vinyl4EP-436[none]
Sweet Tunes of the Swinging 30s, Volume 3Earl Bostic7" Vinyl4EP-447[none]
Please, Please, PleaseJames Brown and his Famous FlamesVinyl4KEP-430[none]
Finger Poppin’ Time / I Love You, I Love You So-o-oHank Ballard and The Midnighters7" Vinyl245-5341
I'm Shakin' / A Cottage for SaleLittle Willie John7" Vinyl245-5342
Mountain Dew / Old RattlerThe Stanley BrothersVinyl245-5347
Sleep / There's a DifferenceLittle Willie John7" Vinyl245-5394[none]
Maddox Bros and RoseThe Maddox Brothers & Rose12" Vinyl12677
Think!James Brown and his Famous Flames12" Vinyl12683[none]
John Lee Hooker Sings BluesJohn Lee Hooker12" Vinyl16727[none]
Mexican FiestaPepe Jaramillo12" Vinyl14755[none]
James Browns Presents His Band & Five Other Great ArtistsJames BrownVinyl12K-771[none]
Lost SomeoneJames Brown and the Famous FlamesVinyl2
Cuttin' In / Broke and LonelyJohnny (Guitar) Watson7" Vinyl245-5579[none]
Spotlight On Hank BallardHank Ballard and The Midnighters12" Vinyl12740[none]
The Amazing James BrownJames Brown & The Famous Flames12" Vinyl12743[none]
The Wonderful Wilburn BrothersThe Wilburn Brothers12" Vinyl12746[none]
Freddy King SingsFreddie King12" Vinyl12762[none]
Night TrainJames Brown Presents His Band12" Vinyl12771
Sings Christmas SongsCharles Brown12" Vinyl12KLP 775[none]