Iconic King Records studio is now part of the National Register of Historic Places
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The iconic King Records studio building in Evanston is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Owned by Syd Nathan, the label started in 1943 and was active until 1968.
Artists like James Brown and Bootsy Collins were among the most notable artists associated with King Records.
The label was a music pioneer, according to the report, producing pioneering hits in soul, bluegrass, doo-wop, jazz and blues while spawning new musical genres like rock and roll, funk and hip hop.
“King Records crossed racial lines and recorded bluegrass, jazz, funk, soul and more. The label is claimed to have produced some of the earliest rock n’ roll ever recorded,” wrote the Cincinnati Preservation Association. .
At its peak, King Records employed an integrated workforce of 400 people who recorded, pressed, packaged and shipped vinyl records worldwide, according to a 2015 report prepared by the Bootsy Collins Foundation and Cincinnati USA Music Heritage. Foundation.
The city stepped in to prevent the demolition of King Records in 2015 by enforcing a landmark designation, according to city documents. He would buy the complex in an exchange of ownership two years later, and in October 2018 funds were allocated to stabilize the buildings.
Plans are in place to transform the building into a community cultural space.
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