Episode #532 – King Records, Pt. 7: 1953

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Air Week: July 13-19, 2020

King Records, Pt. 7: 1953

This week, it’s part 7 of a multi-part feature on the great King Record Label, out of Cincinnati. Syd Nathan, who began putting out records under the King logo in 1943, developed King as a hillbilly music label. After seeing the sales potential in the Rhythm & Blues market, Nathan launched the Queen Records subsidiary in 1945, but folded it into King in 1947 and transferred his R&B acts over. King established itself in the R&B field with Bull Moose Jackson, Ivory Joe Hunter, Wynonie Harris and Lonnie Johnson all scoring enormous hit records. This week in part 7, we take a look at King’s spectacular releases during 1953. Though Wynonie Harris stopped having national hits back in ’52, he still has some strong releases in ’53. Annisteen Allen, who had been with King since 1945 finally has a hit under her own name with an answer record to the “5” Royales’ “Baby Don’t Do It” called “Baby, I’m Doing It” and there are plenty of beautiful vocal group records released on King this year. Matt The Cat’s got ’em all and he’s loading those jumpin’ and swooning sides into this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

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