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The Royal Kings


Not to be confused with the nine-piece polka orchestra that’s been tearing up greater Cleveland since the 1940s, Bounty’s Royal Kings were steered by Bishop Norman “Prince” Howard. An eccentric pastor and gospel radio announcer for WABQ, Howard shepherded a flock at his own Prince House of God, Inc., an idiosyncratic place of worship which blended new age practices with Christianity. Howard was no stranger to Boddie, having recorded a 45 and two albums with his Prince House of God Choir for release on Bounty beginning in 1972. He returned in 1975 with Curtis Ramsey, June Faulkner, and Calvin Steele in tow to tape the Royal Kings’ only known compositions: “Look Out For Jesus” and “I Thank You Lord.” Howard, already convicted for spearheading an illicit Bingo ring, would be tried and convicted on five counts of grand theft in 1988 as a result of his involvement in a bank teller scam. His current whereabouts are unknown.


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