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#40: The King/Federal R&B Grail
"(Something Moves Me) Within My Heart" by the 5 Royales.


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Shown below are the LPs that collectors think are the essential R&B and jazz albums on the King label and its affiliates: Federal, Deluxe and Audio Lab. Of course King was also a major player in the gospel, C&W, and vocal fields, but we're mainly covering R&B for this gallery. There are two albums that aren't shown that should be: 295-94 Billy Ward & His Dominos (10" LP) and 539 Roland Kirk - Triple Threat. There are purportedly also Federal versions of 559 Billy Ward & His Dominos - Featuring Clyde McPhatter, and 581 The Midnighters Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Thanks to all my collector friends for contributing to this gallery.

Syd Nathan was the crusty owner of King Records. Here's his hilarious and rambling "how we do things" communique to his field staff from 1962. (Thanks to label exec. Tommy Noonan via Jeff Gold)
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1-295-79-Tiny-Bradshaw---10
295-79 Tiny Bradshaw - 10 inch
2-295-88-Todd-Rhodes---10-i
295-88 Todd Rhodes - 10 inch
3-Federal-295-90-The-Midnig
Federal 295-90 The Midnighters - 10 inch
4-Federal-295-96-Big-Jay-Mc
Federal 295-96 Big Jay McNeely - 10 inch
5-295-105-Bill-Jennings---L
295-105 Bill Jennings - Leo Parker - 10 inch
6-295-106-Bill-Jennings---1
295-106 Bill Jennings - 10 inch
7-395-501-Tiny-Bradshaw
395-501 Tiny Bradshaw
8-395-508-Bill-Jennings
395-508 Bill Jennings
9-395-513-Various
395-513 Various
10-395-520-Lonnie-Johnson
395-520 Lonnie Johnson
11-395-527-Bill-Jennings
395-527 Bill Jennings
12-395-528-Various
395-528 Various
13-Federal-395-530-Big-Jay-
Federal 395-530 Big Jay McNeely
14-395-531-Bill-Doggett
395-531 Bill Doggett
15-536-Various
536 Various
16-Federal-541-Midnighters
Federal 541 Midnighters
17-541--later-Midnighters
541 (later) Midnighters
18-Federal-548-Billy-Ward-A
Federal 548 Billy Ward And His Dominos
19-Federal-549-The-Platters
Federal 549 The Platters
20-559-Clyde-McPhatter-with
559 Clyde McPhatter with Billy Ward
21-559--later-Clyde-McPhatt
559 (later) Clyde McPhatter with Billy Ward
565 Lorez Alexandria
565 Lorez Alexandria
22-564-Little-Willie-John
564 Little Willie John
23-569-Bubber-Johnson
569 Bubber Johnson
24-Deluxe-570-Otis-Williams
Deluxe 570 Otis Williams & His Charms
25-580-The-5-Royales
580 The 5 Royales
26-581-Midnighters
581 Midnighters
27-594-Boyd-Bennett
594 Boyd Bennett
28-596-Little-Willie-John
596 Little Willie John
29-603-Little-Willie-John
603 Little Willie John
30-604-Lula-Reed
604 Lula Reed
31-605-Ivory-Joe-Hunter
605 Ivory Joe Hunter
32-607-Roy-Brown-N-Wynonie-
607 Roy Brown & Wynonie Harris
33-610-James-Brown
610 James Brown
34-614-Otis-Williams
614 Otis Williams
35-616-The-5-Royales
616 The 5 Royales
36-618-Hank-Ballard-N-The-M
618 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
37-622-Little-Esther-Philli
622 Little Esther (Phillips)
38-627-Wynonie-Harris-N-Roy
627 Wynonie Harris & Roy Brown
39-629-Donnie-Elbert
629 Donnie Elbert
40-634-Eddie-Cleanhead-Vins
634 Eddie Cleanhead Vinson & Jimmy Witherspoon
41-635-James-Brown
635 James Brown
42-638-Various
638 Various
43-650-Big-Jay-McNeely
650 Big Jay McNeely
44-651-The-Platters
651 The Platters
45-653-Tiny-Bradshaw
653 Tiny Bradshaw
46-654-Various
654 Various
47-658-Todd-Rhodes
658 Todd Rhodes
48-668-Eddie-Vinson,-Roy-Br
668 Eddie Vinson, Roy Brown & Wynonie Harris
49-671-Cecil-Gant
671 Cecil Gant
50-674-Hank-Ballard-N-The-M
674 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
51-678-The-5-Royales
678 The 5 Royales
52-680-Various
680 Various
53-683-James-Brown
683 James Brown
54-684-Gatemouth-Moore
684 Gatemouth Moore
55-688-The-Five-Keys
688 The Five Keys
56-691-Little-Willie-John
691 Little Willie John
57-692-The-Five-Keys
692 The Five Keys
58-700-Hank-Ballard-N-The-M
700 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
59-717-Lynn-Hope
717 Lynn Hope
60-727-John-Lee-Hooker
727 John Lee Hooker
61-733-Billy-Ward-N-His-Dom
733 Billy Ward & His Dominos
62-735-Champion-Jack-Dupree
735 Champion Jack Dupree
63-743-James-Brown
743 James Brown
64-748-Hank-Ballard-N-The-M
748 Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
65-762-Freddie-King
762 Freddie King
66-771-James-Brown
771 James Brown
67-773-Freddie-King
773 Freddie King
68-775-Charles-Brown
775 Charles Brown
69-777-Freddie-King-Lula-Re
777 Freddie King, Lula Reed & Sonny Thompson
70-779-Smokey-Smothers
779 Smokey Smothers
71-780-James-Brown
780 James Brown
72-804-James-Brown
804 James Brown
73-821-Freddie-King
821 Freddie King
74-826-James-Brown
826 James Brown
75-852-Albert-King
852 Albert King
76-856-Freddie-King
856 Freddie King
77-857-Johnny-Guitar-Watson
857 Johnny Guitar Watson
78-878-Charles-Brown
878 Charles Brown
79-928-Freddie-King
928 Freddie King
80-930-Bobby-Freeman
930 Bobby Freeman
81-1052-Hank-Ballard
1052 Hank Ballard
82-1078-Bill-Doggett
1078 Bill Doggett
83-Audio-Lab-1510-Annie-Lau
Audio Lab 1510 Annie Laurie
84-Audio-Lab-1512-Jimmy-Rus
Audio Lab 1512 Jimmy Rushing & Jack Dupree
85--Audio-Lab-1514-Bill-Jen
Audio Lab 1514 Bill Jennings
86-Audio-Lab-1520-John-Lee-
Audio Lab 1520 John Lee Hooker
87-Audio-Lab-1524-Bull-Moos
Audio Lab 1524 Bull Moose Jackson
88-Audio-Lab-1564-Nick-Espo
Audio Lab 1564 Nick Esposito
89-Audio-Lab-1567-H-Bomb-Fe
Audio Lab 1567 H-Bomb Ferguson


Wouldn't you know it, there was also a QUEEN label! It too was a King affiliate and I think it was only used for a few 78 releases.

90-Queen
Queen



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