Thursday, April 10, 2003

Knip's eye view

Politicians push King Records tribute


Looks like the King Records crowd is getting really serious. Referring here to council members John Cranley and Alicia Reece, who have been talking up a King museum. Or at least a memorial.

King Records, recall, is the early rock era company run by Syd Nathan with a roster that included James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Hank Ballard and dozens more. It was first to put out such classics as "The Twist," "Fever," and "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

So Monday, Cranley and Reece formally kicked off their campaign with a party at Jefferson Hall. The goal, they said, is to "make sure the nation knows of Cincinnati's and King Records' grand contribution to rock 'n' roll, R&B, country, and our history of blacks and whites making music together."

So naturally, music was the evening's centerpiece - a jam session with drummer Phil Paul - he played on 350 King recordings - along with Joel "Craig J" Cotton, Barami Waspe and Cranley staffers Elliott Ruther and Marvin Hawkins doing King classics.

Alicia Reece
Alicia Reece
But there was more than music going on. Cranley and Reece said they have been working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart to create an exhibit, and there's a campaign to raise $300,000 to finance it.

They also announced they're collecting King memorabilia and oral histories from anyone with anything to share (Call Ruther at 352-5302 or Hawkins at 352-5303 to share something.)

Because, Cranley said, "That company was one of Cincinnati's greatest exports."

Cranley has also written Rolling Stone explaining all this and pointing out that they left Cincinnati out of Hank Ballard's obit.

Peep patrol: Hard to improve on two good things, but Lisa Cooper-Holmes found a way. Specifically, Peeps (food of the Gods if properly aged) and chocolate.

Cooper-Holmes owns Haute Chocolate, the sinful Montgomery store full of homemade chocolate goodies. She has dipped Peeps before, but never a lot. This year, it's all-out dipping because, she says, "Their time has come.

"We really kicked up production. We take 'em for a dip and add 'birdie eyes' and I'm telling you the things just walk out of here."

And yeah, they're tasty, but it's impossible to get them to the proper degree of staleness because of the chocolate coating.

Missing: So, you were wondering, why Ludlow Wines owner David Kieft was absent from last weekend's International Wine Festival Grand Tasting. In the past he often served as a judge.

Wellsir, he told Stonewall's Doreen Cudnik, he admires the fact that the Wine Festival has given $1.5 million to charity in its 13 years, but he can't participate because the Boy Scouts of America are a beneficiary this year.

"Because of the Boy Scouts' pro-active position in essentially classifying gay men as immorally unfit to either serve as scout-masters, or to even be a Scout, Ludlow Wines cannot" support it, he said in an e-mail sent to Stonewall's mailing list.

He let festival organizers know his position and urged Stonewall allies to do the same.

"As far as I know, we didn't hear from anyone," said festival exec Debbie Roe-Dixon. "We had more complaints about us pouring French wine than anything else."


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