History

The story of King Records’ music is the story of American music: it is innovative and collaborative.  It combines different styles into new sounds, which split again into entirely different genres.  It changes over time.  It is full of paradoxes and unlikely pairings.

King Records brought together a Jewish entrepreneur, Appalachian and southern black artists, and executives and workers of all races to create “music for the little man.”  It brought together the recording, production, and distribution of records into one company to put out music as efficiently as possible.  Here, you can learn about the story of King Records, the new music they created, the racial boundaries they broke, and the unique business model that helped them do it.

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