King Records: The King of Them All

September 1-30, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and see the second installment of a three-part series that explores King’s thirty years as a record company. This exhibit consists of 10 professionally designed banner stands that provide an overview of the middle years of label’s history (1954 to 1963) when the company expanded into other music genres including Rockabilly, Soul, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Chicago Blues. It also examines the early careers of future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, The “5” Royales, Little Willie John, Freddy King, and James Brown. The exhibit will be accompanied by music recorded at King during this time period. This display was funded and developed by the Community Building Institute and an Artswave grant for King Studios.