King Records:The Lost History of Rock & Roll



King Records: The Lost History of Rock & Roll 

September 1-30, 2016  

Come see the first traveling exhibit on King Records at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Funded and developed by the Community Building Institute and an ArtsWave grant for King Studios LLC, this display is the first installment of a three-part series that will explore King’s thirty years as a record company.  The exhibit consists of 10 professionally designed banners that provide an overview of the first ten years of label’s history (1943 to 1954) and its role in the development of Rock and Roll music. Producing, marketing, and distributing both R & B and Country music  in the post-World War II period, King Records began to cross the boundaries of these two music genres in the late 1940s.  The exhibit will be accompanied by music recorded at King during this time period. 

King Records Month 2016: Celebrates 73 Year Legacy of King Records in Cincinnati

September marks the 73nd 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, with events planned for every weekend. Over 35 events (mostly free) include concerts, displays, author visits, album listening parties, radio shows, and even a chance to buy your own King vinyl or compact discs at a discounted price.