The Silver Kings

Built around brothers L. A. and Plymouth Valentine, brothers-in-law Isadore Pink and Dewitt Townsend, and Sam Davis, the Silver Kings began their two-year stint at Boddie in 1970 on the Plaid label. The Valentines belonged to New Galilee Church, while the other three kneeled at Star of Bethel Missionary Baptist. For their fourth and final Boddie 45, “Meeting Tonight” b/w “Trouble In The Water,” Thomas switched the Silver Kings to Bounty. The names of the session players have been lost, save organist Lieutenant Randle—the nephew of Pink and Dewitt, a sometime Golden Harmonizer, and the leader of future Bounty artists the Randle-Airs. Randle recalled playing the Boddies’ Hammond B-3 through a custom-fitted Leslie speaker and being paid $15 for his trouble.

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