It’s King Records month—as if we need a reason to pull out our Bull Moose Jackson vinyl and blare. But 70 years ago, hometown hero Syd Nathan got it into his craw to start up a record label. He peered beyond his legendary coke bottle glasses, and viewed the future: of country, r&b and beyond. Syd Nathan invented a better way to make records, and gave the world James Brown, “Train Kept A Rollin,” and oodles more. There will be art exhibitions, historical displays, readings and concerts of King music, and there will be aficionados of great music played by blacks and whites together at a time they said it wasn’t supposed to happen. There will be the blare. Let this be the first of an annual celebration. Because it was good to be the King.
View a schedule of events here.