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King of the Queen City : Music in American Life - Jon Hartley Fox

King of the Queen City

Music in American Life

By: Jon Hartley Fox, Dave Alvin (Foreword by)

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"King of the Queen City" is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Founded by businessman Sydney Nathan in the mid-1940s, this small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, attracted a diverse roster of artists, including James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, Bill Doggett, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. While other record companies concentrated on one style of music, King was active in virtually all genres of vernacular American music, from blues and R & B to rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, and country. A progressive company in a reactionary time, King was led by an interracial creative and executive staff that redefined the face and voice of American music as well as the way it was recorded and sold. Drawing on personal interviews, research in newspapers and periodicals, and deep access to the King archives, Jon Hartley Fox weaves together the elements of King's success, focusing on the dynamic personalities of the artists, producers, and key executives such as Syd Nathan, Henry Glover, and Ralph Bass. The book also includes a foreword by legendary guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dave Alvin.

"In its time--1943 to the late 1960s--King Records was absolutely unique, and it deserves a unique account of its history. King of the Queen City is that account: focused, thoroughly researched, well written, and filled with vital information about America's most important independent record label." Nolan Porterfield, author of Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Syd Starts a Record Companyp. 1
The Hillbilly Boogiep. 12
The King Gets a Queenp. 22
Henry Gloverp. 26
Good Rockin' Tonightp. 32
Where the Hell's the Melody?p. 42
Business as Usual Was Pretty Unusualp. 50
Masters of the Groovep. 63
I'll Sail My Ship Alonep. 74
Record Manp. 86
The Sixty-Minute Menp. 94
You Give Me Feverp. 108
Every Time I Feel the Spiritp. 117
How Mountain Girls Can Lovep. 127
Let's Have a Natural Ballp. 138
That Ain't Nothin' but Rightp. 151
The Hardest-Working Man in Show Businessp. 163
Brother Claude Ely and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davisp. 176
Life after Deathp. 182
"We Broke the Shit Down"p. 193
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 229
Illustrationsp. 116
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ISBN: 9780252034688
ISBN-10: 0252034686
Series: Music in American Life
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 30th October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61