Working On A Building
The Parker Family
Just A Real Nice American Family
King Records, Inc. Cincinnati, OH 932 1965
Here's an unusual treasure! First off, this is the first King record I've run across.
Founded by Syd Nathan, King Records was one of the most influential independent labels of the 1940s and 1950s. By the end of the latter decade, it had become the nation's sixth largest record company, with more than 400 employees. Nathan's policy of employing whites and African Americans side-by-side in various capacities made King Records one of the first integrated industries in Cincinnati, and, perhaps, the first integrated record company in the country. This diversity was reflected in its marketing. King Records was unique among independent record companies in that it recorded and sold both country and R&B music, filling two different niche markets neglected by the major record companies. King was owned by Nathan until his death in died in 1968.
To those folks who wonder how I managed to come across so many area gospel albums, King Records is probably the reason. With such a large record company in town, Cincinnati was bound to be a draw for talent and the smaller companies whose work I feature here probably sprung up in an effort to grab a piece of the pie and to meet the demand for lesser acts/private/vanity press that King won't touch.
That assumption aside... take a look at this TERRIFIC jacket photo. Great vintage instruments! And the album name, Just A Real Nice American Family is wonderful. I can't find one lick of info on The Parkers. So I don't know where they are out of.
The music is an outstanding blend of gospel, bluegrass, country and rockabilly. Very old time fresh and honest.
I choose the first track on the B side because it features some great vocal work.