Bonnie Lou & Otis WIlliams / King Records 75th Anniversary Posters

Bonnie Lou & Otis WIlliams / King Records 75th Anniversary Posters

25.00

18” x 24” French Paper
Hand signed and numbered
Limited Edition

Listermann Brewing Company’s King Records beer series celebrates two local singers who had smash crossover hits in 1950s

6/--/2018 

CINCINNATI— This July two local singers who had big hits for King Records in the 1950s will be honored by the Listermann Brewing Company with their own beer.  Withrow High School alum Otis Williams and his group The Charms topped the R& B charts in 1954 with “Hearts of Stone.” The song also got to #15 on the Pop charts, making the Charms one of the first black groups to cross over to white audiences. The late great Bonnie Lou became one of the first Country artists to cross over into Rock and Roll with “Daddy-O” which went to #14 on the Billboard chart in 1955. 

This tribute beer is part of a summer beer series that Listermann Brewing Company has developed in partnership with King Studios and the design & print shop We Have Become Vikings to celebrate the upcoming 75th anniversary of King Records in Evanston.     

The beer launch will take place at 10am on Saturday July 7th at Listermann’s (1621 Dana Avenue), located just blocks from the site of King Records headquarters. Otis Williams will be in attendance. This month’s beer’s name is a homage to the days when King Records would release a vinyl 45 record with a hit song on each side.


The beer being released is called “Hearts of Stone” / “Daddy-O” which is a NE IPA brewed with Centennial, Skyrocket and Zythos hops. This beer is packed with big notes of orange, tangerine, citrus and a mix of juicy tropical fruits with hints of pineapple and pine. It will be available on draft and in 16 oz four pack cans. There will be 100 cases available retailing at $14.99/4 pack. 

Listermann Brewing Company is generously donating 10% of the beer proceeds to King Studios.


We Have Become Vikings (WHBV) have been commissioned to design a portrait of each singer that will appear on the can along with a short artist bio composed by a music historian. Randy McNutt, author of the book King Records of Cincinnati will write about Bonnie Lou’s career while Darren Blasé, co-owner of Shake it Records in Northside, will provide the details of Otis Williams’ accomplishments.  WHBV were the creators of King City, the art installation that celebrated Syd Nathan’s company during the wildly popular Blink Festival in October 2017 in downtown Cincinnati. Posters of WHBV’s King Records portraits will available to purchase at the beer launch. 

Celebrate and support Cincinnati music history this summer with a beer and your own poster! 

Otis Williams

Otis Williams and his Charms continued to have big hits for King with “Bazoom,” “Ling, Ting, Tong,” “That’s Your Mistake,” “United” and “Ivory Tower” while appearing in venues all across America including Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.  “Two Hearts,” composed by Williams, made it to the R&B Top 10 and was covered by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, The Crew Cuts, and Pat Boone. Otis Williams and his Charms were one of the most prolific vocal groups to record for King. They had at least 25 studio sessions between 1954 and 1961, resulting in nearly fifty singles and three LPs.  Their beautiful harmonies were a major influence on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Otis Williams was inducted into the Doo-wop Hall of Fame of America in 2009. 

Bonnie Lou

Singer Bonnie Lou was known throughout the Cincinnati area for her appearances on local television shows, including the morning variety program, the Paul Dixon Show; Ruth Lyons’ noontime program, the 50-50 Club; and the Midwestern Hayride.  She signed a contract with King Records in 1953. Her first release, “Seven Lonely Nights,” immediately became a top ten hit on the country charts. Her next record, “Tennessee Wig Walk,” rose to number six and became a huge hit in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Following the success of “Daddy-O” her music blended country and R&B elements, and she was often backed by African American musicians such as studio drummer Philip Paul and vocalist Otis Williams. Her last hit for King was the 1958 duet with Rusty York called “La Dee Dah.” Bonnie Lou was later inducted in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. She passed away in 2015.


 About Listermann Brewing Company

Listermann Brewing Company is a family owned brewery and homebrew supply store located at 1621 Dana Avenue. The home brew store has been operating since 1991 and the brewery has been brewing award winning beers for the city since 2008.

For more information on Listermann Brewing Company events, news, and products visit listermannbrewing.com and @ListermannBrewing on social media.

About King Studios

King Studios is a non-profit organization whose goal is to expose and energize the legacy of Cincinnati’s historic King Records and to share its rich history in contemporary ways that engage the community and the world in the legacy of King. For more information on King Studios, visit www.kingstudios.org/

About We Have Become Vikings

We Have Become Vikings is a multi-discipline design & print shop located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine that helps people tell stories through any means possible. Visit their website   https://wehavebecomevikings.com/

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