King Records (3)

King Records (3)

Profile:
A prominent midwestern American record label that operated in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1943 until 1968.

For the Japanese label of the same name, please see King Records.
For the UK label of the same name, please see King Records (4).

Founded by Syd Nathan, it initially focused on the midwestern country music market, but proceeded to expand to pop, rock, R&B, soul, and other genres while working closely with several sister labels, which included Bethlehem Records, DeLuxe (2), Federal Records (2), Queen (5), and several others. During this time, it operated alongside Royal Plastics Corporation, a pressing plant, and King Studios, a recording studio, from adjacent buildings on Brewster Avenue in Cincinnati. King has since become known for its work with James Brown, who joined the label in 1950 and remained for nearly two decades. The departure of Brown coupled with the death of Nathan in 1968 precipitated King's demise and culminated in the sale of its catalog to Starday Records during October of 1968.

The label was owned by King Records, Inc. (3) and operated in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1968 when it relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where King Records, Inc. was reestablished as its owner. After King's sale to Starday Records, Starday-King Records, Inc. was formed and assumed ownership thereafter. In 1971, the Polydor label acquired James Brown's back catalog. The remaining catalog was ultimately acquired by King's present owner Gusto Records, Inc. in 1974. Collectables, a Pennsylvania reissue label, began to re-release some of King's recordings in 2001.

For its companies, please see:
King Records, Co.
King Records, Inc. (3) (pre-1968)
King Records, Inc. (post-1968)

For counterfeit editions and other unofficial versions of King releases, please see King Records (19).

Note:
- 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.
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
Gusto-King Records
1900 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37210
USA
(615) 889-8000
admin@gustorecords.com

Starday-King Records, Inc.
Box 8188
Nashville, TN 37207
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

1944 to 1968:
King Records, Inc.
1540 Brewster Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

1944 to unknown date:
King Records, Co.
1540 Brewster Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 7
USA (Contact info now obsolete)
Sites:
[l47558]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
The Platters The Platters(LP, Album, RE) King Records (3) US Unknown Sell This Version
00001 Dick Noel (2) with Dorrance Stalvey and His Orchestra* Dick Noel (2) with Dorrance Stalvey and His Orchestra* - The Dream Girl Of Pi Kappa Alpha(7") Fraternity Records 00001 US 1954 Sell This Version
2 James Brown 4 Ident. Open End I.D.'S(7", Promo) King Records (3) 2 US 1968 Sell This Version
3 Various Neuf Negro Spirituals (Gospel Songs)(10") Le Club Français Du Disque 3 France 1953 Sell This Version
6T 17 Mill Evans / The Millionaires (9) Mill Evans / The Millionaires (9) - Ain't You Glad / I'm The One Who Loves You(7", Single, Ltd) Kent Records 6T 17 UK 2001 Sell This Version
7N.25379 James Brown And The Famous Flames* Money Won't Change You (Parts 1 & 2)(7") Pye International 7N.25379 UK 1966 Sell This Version
7 SOE 3726 Hank Ballard* Finger Poppin' Time(7") Odeon 7 SOE 3726 France Unknown Sell This Version
28CD-4106 Bill Doggett 28 Big Ones(CD, Comp) King Records (3) 28CD-4106 US 2000 Sell This Version
28CD-4119 The Stoneman Family 28 Big Ones(CD, Comp) King Records (3) 28CD-4119 US 2000 Sell This Version
45/BB 21 Lynn Hope* Shocking / Blue And Sentimental(7", Single) Blue Beat 45/BB 21 UK 1960 Sell This Version
45-K-4777 Hank Ballard And The Midnighters* If You'd Forgive Me(7") King Records (3), Parlophone 45-K-4777 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
45-K-6001 Hank Ballard Do It Zulu Style(7", Single) King Records (3) 45-K-6001 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-K-6003 Little Willie John Talk To Me,Talk To Me (Single) 45-K-6003 US 1965 Sell This Version
45-K8502 Earl Bostic And His Orchestra Remember(7", Single, Promo) King Records (3) 45-K8502 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-K8570 Champion Jack Dupree Mail Order Woman / Big Leg Emma's(7", Single, Mono) King Records (3) 45-K8570 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-K8723 Monica Lewis Stay After School (Scalintella) / I Wish You Love(7", Promo) King Records (3) 45-K8723 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-K8811 Sonny Thompson Low Down(7", Single, Promo, S/Edition) King Records (3) 45-K8811 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-K9737 The Gum Drops I Wonder And Wonder And Wonder / I'll Follow You(7", Promo) King Records (3) 45-K9737 US Unknown Sell This Version
45 K10920 Johnny Guitar Watson Posin'(7", Single, RE) King Records (3) 45 K10920 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
45-KING-6033 Jeb Stuart & The Reflextions Jeb Stuart & The Reflextions - I've Got To Cut You Loose(7") King Records (3) 45-KING-6033 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-KNG 002 Marva Whitney Unwind Yourself / What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You(7", RP) King Records (3) 45-KNG 002 US 2004 Sell This Version
45-KNG 004 Kay Robinson / Wendy Lynn Kay Robinson / Wendy Lynn - The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow / I Can Remember(7", RP) King Records (3) 45-KNG 004 US 2006 Sell This Version
45-KNG-005 James Brown Shhhhhhhhh (For A Little While) / I've Got Money(7", Single, RE) King Records (3) 45-KNG-005 US 2007 Sell This Version
45-P-6359 James Brown Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin' (Single) 45-P-6359 US 1970 Sell This Version
45-RFPS Redd Foxx I Detest Violence(7", EP, Promo) King Records (3) 45-RFPS US 1976 Sell This Version
45-S-5205 Teddy Humphries Firm Foundation / What A Night(7") King Records (3) 45-S-5205 US Unknown Sell This Version
179-7 Los Adrinis Typical Latin American Melodies(10") King Records (3) 179-7 US Unknown Sell This Version
292E-2020 Charlie Chaplin The Music Of His Films (CD, Album, Comp) Disques Vogue 292E-2020 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
295-1 Cecil Young Quartet Concert Of Cool Jazz(10") King Records (3) 295-1 US 1952 Sell This Version
500 Earl Bostic The Best Of Bostic(LP, Comp, RE) King Records (3) 500 US 1987 Sell This Version
500 Earl Bostic The Best Of Earl Bostic (Comp) 500 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
500 Earl Bostic The Best Of Earl Bostic(LP, Comp, RE, Mono) King Records (3) 500 US Unknown Sell This Version
502 Bill Doggett Moondust for Dancers in Love(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3) 502 US 1957 Sell This Version
502 Carlisle Brothers I Paid With A Broken Heart / Maggie Get The Hammer(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 502 US 1944 Sell This Version
502 Grandpa Jones It's Raining Here This Morning / I'll Be Around If You Need Me(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 502 US 1946 Sell This Version
503 Earl Bostic Bostic For You (Album) 503 US 1956 Sell This Version
503 Delmore Brothers* Sweet Sweet Thing / Prisoner's Farewell(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 503 US 1944 Sell This Version
505 Cowboy (Pappy) Copas* Filipino Baby / I Don't Blame You 505 US 1944 Sell This Version
506 Eddie Davis* Modern Jazz(CD, Album, RE) King Records (3) 506 US 1987 Sell This Version
506 Bill & Evalina Won't You Take Me Back Into Your Heart / Good-Bye Booze(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 506 US 1944 Sell This Version
507 Earl Bostic Alto Magic In Hi-Fi A Dance Party With Bostic(LP, Album) King Records (3) 507 US Unknown Sell This Version
508 Grandpa Jones There's A Grave In The Wave Of The Ocean / I'll Never Lose That Loneliness For You 508 US 1946 Sell This Version
509 Delmore Bros.* The Last Old Shovel / Remember I Feel Lonesome Too(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 509 US 1945 Sell This Version
510 Carlisle Brothers Roll On Your Weary Way / Baby You Done Flubbed Your Dub With Me(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 510 US Unknown Sell This Version
511 Cowboy Copas There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me / You Live In A World All Your Own(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 511 US 1945 Sell This Version
512 Hank Penny Talkin' Bout You / hope You're Satisfied(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 512 US Unknown Sell This Version
513 Grandpa Jones Steppin' Out Kind(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 513 US 1944 Sell This Version
514 Bill Doggett Hot Doggett(LP, Mono) King Records (3) 514 US 1957 Sell This Version
514 Delmore Bros.* Midnight Special / Why Did You Leave Me, Dear(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 514 US 1946 Sell This Version
515 Earl Bostic Alto-tude(LP, Album, Mono, RE) King Records (3) 515 US Unknown Sell This Version
515 Earl Bostic Alto-tude(LP, Album, RE) King Records (3) 515 US 1960 Sell This Version
517 Grandpa Jones Don't Sweet Talk Me(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 517 US 1944 Sell This Version
518 Delmore Bros.* Be My Little Pet / Lonely Moon(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 518 US 1946 Sell This Version
519 Wings Over Jordan Choir Amen(LP, Album, RE) King Records (3) 519 US Unknown Sell This Version
519 Hank Penny When You Cry, You Cry Alone/I'm Singing The Blues(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 519 US Unknown Sell This Version
523 Bill Doggett As You Desire Me (Album) 523 US 1957 Sell This Version
525 Earl Bostic His Alto Sax* Dance Time 525 US 1957 Sell This Version
525 Delmore Bros.* Fast Express / I've Found An Angel(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 525 US 1946 Sell This Version
526 Roy Starkey There's No Use To Pretend / How Many Tears (Must I Shed Over You) 526 US 1946 Sell This Version
527 Delmore Brothers* Hillbilly Boogie / I'm Sorry I Caused You To Cry 527 US Unknown Sell This Version
528 Hank Penny Steel Guitar Stomp / I'm Counting The Days(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 528 US 1945 Sell This Version
529 Earl Bostic Let's Dance(LP, Comp, RE) King Records (3) 529 Unknown Sell This Version
529 Earl Bostic Let's Dance(LP, Comp) King Records (3) 529 Unknown Sell This Version
530 Brown's Ferry Four Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Just A Little Talk With Jesus(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 530 US Unknown Sell This Version
531 Bill Doggett Everybody Dance The Honky Tonk(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3), King Records (3) 531 US 1956 Sell This Version
532 "Grandpa" Jones* 8 More Miles To Louisville / Tears That Make Believe (Single) 532 US 1946 Sell This Version
532 Bill Doggett Dame Dreaming(LP) King Records (3) 532 US 1957 Sell This Version
533 Bill Doggett A Salute To Duke Ellington 533 US 1957 Sell This Version
535 Carlisle Brothers Rainbow At Midnight / Don't Tell Me Your Worries(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 535 US Unknown Sell This Version
536 Various Rock'N Roll Dance Party(LP, Comp) King Records (3) 536 US 1958 Sell This Version
537 Various All-Time Country And Western Hits (Comp) 537 US 1957 Sell This Version
537 Cowboy Copas Tragic Romance / You Will Find Me Here(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 537 US 1946 Sell This Version
539 Roland Kirk Triple Threat(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3) 539 US 1957 Sell This Version
540 Erroll Garner / Marian McPartland / Mary Lou Williams Erroll Garner / Marian McPartland / Mary Lou Williams - Piano Variations(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3) 540 US 1958 Sell This Version
540 Hank Penny Missouri / Get Yourself A Red Head(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 540 Unknown Sell This Version
541 Hank Ballard And The Midnighters* Their Greatest Hits (Comp) 541 US 1958 Sell This Version
542 Lorez Alexandria And The King Fleming Quintet Lorez Alexandria And The King Fleming Quintet - This Is Lorez!(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3) 542 US 1957 Sell This Version
543 J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers Workin' On A Buildin'(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 543 US Unknown Sell This Version
543 J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers Mother's Only Sleeping/Workin' On A Building(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) King Records (3) 543 Unknown Sell This Version
545 Paul Renard Dance Music For Mom And Dad(LP) King Records (3) 545 US 1957 Sell This Version
545 Grandpa Jones East Bound Freight Train / Get Things Ready(Shellac, 10", Single) King Records (3) 545 US 1946 Sell This Version
547 Earl Bostic Invitation To Dance (Album) 547 US 1957 Sell This Version
548 Billy Ward And His Dominoes Billy Ward And His Dominoes Featuring Clyde McPhatter(LP, Album, RE) King Records (3) 548 US 1961 Sell This Version
548 Delmore Brothers* Midnight Train / Don't Forget Me(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 548 US 1946 Sell This Version
549 The Platters The Platters(LP) Federal Records (2) 549 US 1957 Sell This Version
550 Don Reno And Red Smiley* Sacred Songs 550 US 1958 Sell This Version
550 J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers* John Henry / I'll Remember You Love (In My Prayers)(10") King Records (3) 550 US Unknown Sell This Version
551 The Brown's Ferry Four* Sacred Songs(LP) King Records (3) 551 US Unknown Sell This Version
552 Reno And Smiley And The Tennessee Cutups* Instrumentals (Album) 552 US 1958 Sell This Version
553 Cowboy Copas Sings His All-Time Hits (Comp) 553 US 1958 Sell This Version
554 Etta Jones The Jones Girl.... Etta... Sings, Sings, Sings(LP, Album, Mono) King Records (3) 554 US 1958 Sell This Version
554 Grandpa Jones Grandpa Jones Sings His Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) King Records (3) 554 US 1958 Sell This Version
555 Moon Mullican Sings His All-Time Hits (Album, Comp) 555 US 1955 Sell This Version
555 CHARLIE LINVILLE and the FIDDLIN' LINVILLES Texahoma Boogie / There's Something Wrong(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 555 US Unknown Sell This Version
556 Various Favorite Sacred Songs(LP, Comp) King Records (3) 556 US 1956 Sell This Version
557 Bill Doggett The Doggett Beat For Happy Feet 557 Denmark 1958 Sell This Version
558 Earl Bostic C'mon And Dance With Earl Bostic (Album) 558 US 1956 Sell This Version
559 Billy Ward And His Dominoes Billy Ward And His Dominoes Featuring Clyde McPhatter(LP, Album, RE) King Records (3) 559 US 1987 Sell This Version
559 Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes - Clyde McPhatter With Billy Ward And His Dominoes (Album) 559 US 1958 Sell This Version
559 Hawkshaw Hawkins Blue-Eyed Elaine / Try Me One More Time(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 559 US Unknown Sell This Version