The Sky Is Crying: The Fire Records Story 1957-1962Music
One of a number of record labels founded by entrepreneur Morgan Clyde 'Bobby' Robinson in the late Fifties, Fire Records was a sister to Fury, which registered a Number 1 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with Wilbert Harrison's 'Kansas City'. Fire was formed when Savoy Records, to which Harrison was still under contract, sued Fury for compensation; Fire had originally been intended as the label's publishing arm. When he died in 2011, age 93, the Bluesworld website described Bobby Robinson's life as 'a six-decade saga of survival in an often ruthless business wherein longevity entailed having both the instincts and fortitude to adapt to the ever-shifting tastes of the public.' This compilation of music from the Fire vaults tells a tantalising part of that story.