RISQUE BLUES ~ 60 MINUTE MAN ~ ORIGINAL RECORDINGS NEW CD
SIXTY MINUTE MAN BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES
LEAVE MY KITTEN ALONE LITTLE WILLIE JOHN
SEXY WAYS HANK BALLARD & THE MIDNIGHTERS
LOLLY POP MAMA WYNONIE HARRIS
I WANT A BOWLEGGED WOMAN BULL MOOSE JACKSON
BOOGIE AT MIDNIGHT ROY BROWN
LOVIN MACHINE WYNONIE HARRIS
YOU CANT KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES
I WANA KNOW THE LAMPLIGHTERS
WILL YOU BE MINE THE SWALLOWS
---WHEN BLUES WERE KING---
The year was 1944. A record store owner named Syd Nathan started a music company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He called his company "King Records." In his own words, it would be "King of them all." Indeed, King Records would take the lead as it produced and released some of the best Rhythm & Blues music of all time. Sixty years later, King Records current owner, Moe Lytle, is dedicated to keeping the gold mine of King's vintage Original Blues Recordings available to the public.
Risque Blues were a lucrative mainstay for King Records. A good example is Billy Ward and the Dominoes million-selling #1 hit, Sixty Minute Man. It featured Clyde McPhatters lead vocals and was the best- charting R&B song of all time. The Dominoes 1953 hit, You Cant Keep A Good Man Down, showcases Jackie Wilsons extraordinary lead vocals. Wynonie Harris racy Lolly Pop Mama (#8, 1948) is double-entendre Blues at its best. Harris delivers a strong dose of his signature, rockin style on his 1952, #5 hit, Lovin Machine. Bull Moose Jackson, one of R&B musics first major stars, sings I Want A Bowlegged Woman. It was a #5 hit for Jackson in 1948. Little Willie John appeared on the King label in 1955. His 1959 hit, Leave My Kitchen Alone, makes it easy to see why he was one of Kings most talented performers. The popular Hank Ballard and the Midnighters display their seductive harmonies on Sexy Ways (#2, 1954). Roy Brown, The Lamplighters, and The Swallows are also included on this collection.
King Records' Original Blues Recordings were a major influence on much of today's music. The Blues evolved into Rock-N-Roll and Rock evolved into Hip-Hop. The music vaults at King Records are still brimming with those landmark artists and songs that got it all started over half-a-century ago. After all these years, the "Blues" are still "King."