King Biscuit papers

King Biscuit papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Interstate Grocer Company.
Title: King Biscuit next hit papers
Dates: 1939-2001
Quantity: 5.2 Linear feet (4 document boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversized box)
Abstract:The collection consists of correspondence, radio scripts, printed material, photographs, and artifacts.
Coll. Number: ms3355

Biographical/Historical Note

previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Flour was distributed by Interstate Grocer Company in Helena, Arkansas. in 1941 Interstate began to sponsor a radio program, previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time, on Station KFFA. The show had live blues performances by black musicians Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Junior Lockwood, and others. Max Moore, owner of the company, wrote the scripts for the radio program. In 1947 the company introduced a new product, Sonny Boy Corn Meal, using Sonny Boy Wiliamson’s image on the label. previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time also toured local towns and grocery stores giving concerts and promoting their flour and cornmeal. In 1951 Sonny Payne became the host for the show. The show went off the air after Max Moore’s death in 1979, but it was revived in 1986 and continues to be broadcast in 2009. KFFA won a Peabody Award in 1992 for the program as "a local music program of historic and contemporary interest." The previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Blues Festival, organized in 1986 in Helena, is one example of the influence of the radio show.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Blues festivals--Arkansas
Blues musicians--Photographs
previous hitKing Biscuit next hit time (Radio program)
Lockwood, Robert, Jr., 1915-2006
Moore, Max, 1895-1979 -- Correspondence
Payne, John William, 1925-
Programs (documents)
Radio scripts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

previous hitKing Biscuit next hit papers. MS 3355. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence

41992-1999 & nd

Series 2: previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time Radio Scripts and Advertising

15Radio scripts, 1941-1945
6Radio scripts, 1946
7Radio scripts, 1947 January-July
8Radio scripts, 1947 August-December
9Radio scripts, 1948 January-May
10Radio scripts, 1948 June-December
11Radio scripts, 1950
12Radio scripts, 1951
13Radio scripts, 1952 January-July
14Radio scripts, 1952 August-December
21Radio scripts, 1953
2Radio scripts, 1977
3Radio scripts, 1978 & nd
4Radio scripts-Christmas, 1944-1977 & nd
5Radio scripts-Thanksgiving, 1945-1955
6Advertising promotions, 1948-1955
7Advertising promotions, 1957-1964
8Advertising promotions, 1965-1975 & nd

Series 2: Business Papers

29Employee list-Interstate Grocer Company, 1953
12General notes and papers

Series 3: Printed Materials

213"Interstate News & Views", 1954-1955
14previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Blues Festival1987-2001
15"previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Times", 1992-1993
31previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time banquet programs1940-1953
2previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time performers and announcers
3Book- Blues from the Delta by William Ferris
4Book- Deep Blues by Robert Palmer
5 Blues Unlimited magazine, 1971 1973
6 Living Blues magazines, 1971-1989
71950-1999 & nd

Series 4: Photographs

2previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time performers & announcers
3previous hitKing Biscuit next hitth Time 3115 broadcast1953
4previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
5previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
6previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
7previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
8previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
9previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour
10previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour1952
11previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time tour1952 ?

Series 5: Artifacts and Oversize Materials

5Flour bags, aprons, hats with previous hitKing Biscuit next hitBlues Unlimited logo, T-shirt with logo
6Crayons with previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Flour logo
Marriage announcement engraving plate-Estelle Newman to Dr. Gustone[?] Altman, June 7,1910
previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Blues Festival-poster, newspaper special sections, and metal medallion1987 1987 1989 1993 1998
Atlanta Weekly newspaper special section with article "Blues Highways"
Posters-previous hitKing Biscuit next hit Time & entertainers. Home of Sonny Boy Meal (with photograph) (4)
previous hitKing Biscuit Flour labels