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September Celebrates 76 Year Legacy of King Records in Cincinnati.


This September marks the 76th anniversary of the first songs recorded for the Cincinnati label, King Records. In September 1943 Syd Nathan convinced two WLW radio performers, Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis, to go along with his latest brainstorm - a record company based in Cincinnati. This four-song session would lead to King Records producing nearly 30 years of music in all genres while based out of the Queen City. September will be a month long celebration, honoring the founding of Syd's company, and its contribution to American music.


WOMEN MUSICIANS AT KING RECORDS AND TODAY Women were essential to the success of King Records—as musicians, members of King’s racially integrated workplace, and consumers. Use our database and web site to explore songs and interviews by the women of King and contemporary artists.
Find music and interviews before and after these events

Please come share your ideas at any or all of our conversations:
Monday, September 9, 6:30p | Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Av

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00p | Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.

Monday, September 16, 6:30p | Music Resource Center, 3032 Woodburn Ave

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30p | Xavier University Alumni Center, 1507 Dana Ave

Monday, September 23, 6:30p | Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, 811 Race St.

Friday, September 27, 5:00-7:00p | Live Music by Women Artists! Gala Preview of the website and take-aways from the conversations Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, 811 Race St.

For more information contact Christine Anderson: 513-745-4246


EVANSTON FEST RECEPTION | Sept 13, 2019, 5:30p
Evanston FEST Reception will honor the history of King Records with musical performance by King Records musician Phillip Paul Trio. Attendees will enjoy a Moveable Feast, Silent Auction and Split the Pot. Proceeds will be used to support music education for Evanston youth.
American Red Cross Building. 2111 Dana Ave., 45207
Click here to register online


When James Brown was about to take the stage during his shows, the announcer would say “It’s Star Time!” MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine is proud to say “It’s Star Time” for an upcoming art exhibit with a focus on King Records musicians and artists. Over 15 local visual artists will exhibit portraits of their favorite King Records performer. From the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, to the Sweetheart of the Hayride, Bonnie Lou, this exhibit showcases the wide range of music recorded in Cincinnati at King. The exhibit opens August 30th and will stay up throughout the month of September
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street. Over the Rhine | Free

Contact King Studios at 513-745-1016,

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