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City Council: King Records a historic landmark

King Records building. (FOX19 NOW) King Records building. (FOX19 NOW)
EVANSTON, OH (FOX19) -

The site of the legendary King Record is now a historic landmark after a unanimous vote by Cincinnati city council. 

Redd Foxx, Bootsy Collins, Hank Ballard and James Brown all recorded at the Brewster Street facility.

The owner of the building called for it to be partially demolished to expand business. The new historic landmark status effectively freezes demolition plans for the building.  

The Bootsy Collin's Foundation and Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation are trying to keep that from happening.

Board members want to preserve King Records for its significance in the evolution of popular music in America, the history of social justice and the technological innovation in the record industry in the 20th century.

"Anyone from around the world came to record at Kings because it was the number one site," Jimmy Railey told FOX19 NOW last month. Railey used to frequent King Records while he was a member of James Brown’s Famous Flames.

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