This is the US King Label do not confuse this label with the UK King Label King Records (4)
Out of Cincinnati's 'Queen City' came King's first label, Queen in 1945, surviving a number of years before the formation of Federal Records- launched with the legendary Ralph Bass on King's signing of James Brown in 1950. Along with Henry Glover's multi-talented input in the business, DeLuxe Records and Bethlehem Records were acquired by 1960. On Nathan's demise the labels were sold to Starday Records, and a new parent company was formed, Starday-King Records, Inc., but both labels continued to release records under their own names. From 1970 a series of sales ensued, with Brown's back-catalog going to Polydor in 1971 and the remaining catalog finally ending in the hands of Gusto Records in 1974.
In 1975 Gusto, owned by George Massenburg's GML Inc., began reissuing King releases, all with original artwork and logos. They also revived the Federal label and DeLuxe sub-labels in the process. In 2001 King recordings began to be reissued by the Collectables label.
James Brown's most known 45's were released on King and Brown himself pretty much WAS the King label and the artist that grossed the most money.
All 45rpm's with the King crown logo are released in either blue or red color.
All releases with cat.No 45-KNG XXX are reissues