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By Jon Hartley Fox

King of the Queen City is the 1st entire heritage of King files, probably the most influential self sustaining list businesses within the background of yank song. based by way of businessman Sydney Nathan within the mid-1940s, this small outsider list corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio, attracted a various roster of artists, together with James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, invoice Doggett, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. whereas different checklist businesses focused on one form of tune, King was once energetic in nearly all genres of vernacular American tune, from blues and R & B to rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, and country.

A innovative corporation in a reactionary time, King was once led by means of an interracial artistic and government employees that redefined the face and voice of yankee song in addition to how it used to be recorded and offered. Drawing on own interviews, learn in newspapers and periodicals, and deep entry to the King information, Jon Hartley Fox weaves jointly the weather of King's luck, concentrating on the dynamic personalities of the artists, manufacturers, and key executives comparable to Syd Nathan, Henry Glover, and Ralph Bass. The publication additionally features a foreword through mythical guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dave Alvin.

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