THE ORIGINAL KING BEE DOCUMENTARY
The Original King Bee documentary story is told by James “Slim Harpo” Moore, via a 1968 interview with Susan Cassidy Clark at Steve Paul’s Scene In NYC. His wife Lovell, his stepson William Gambler, his original King Bee band mates, James Johnson, Rudy Richard and Jesse Kinchen also tell the story with the Original King Bee.
James Slim Harpo Moore and Lovell Casey Gambler met in 1952 while Lovell was waiting for a bus on her way to work and James was putting a roof on a church. The rendezvous’ turned out to be the most magical and spiritual event in their lives. It was their destiny. Writing songs about their experiences inside and outside of the mystical love affair for each other. The relationship lasted 18 years until his death and produced several multi-million seller songs covered and recorded by dozens of artist in many genres of music throughout the world.
Slim and Lovell were a true couple praising each other continuously. Their first composition was started on a car trip after noticing bee hive boxes on the side of the road. Along about 1956 James with referral to JD Miller, by fellow blues man Lightin’ Slim, James had the opportunity to record three of his songs. I’m a King Bee, Don’t Start Cryin’ Now and I Got Love if You Want It. Excello Records released the first 45 rpm recordings with Don’t Start Crying Now as the A side and I’m a King Bee as the b side. Obviously, both were A sides. In 1964 The Rolling Stones released their first LP and I’m a King Bee was the first single. Also in the year of 1964 Van Morrison and Them released their first single Don’t Start Crying Now followed by The Kinks recording I Got Love If You Want It. Can anyone else site a new artist having three songs covered before his first album was released? In 1972 the Stones again covered a Slim Harpo song Shake Your Hips on their Exiled on Main St album. Of the 13 songs Shake Your Hips was the only non original Stones song .The following interviews with Moore family and original King Bee band mates are the matter of facts details of the career happenings of James “Slim Harpo” Moore.