Hamp Swain (1929-2018), nicknamed "King Bee" after the Slim Harpo song "I'm a King Bee," was a popular disc jockey on WIBB AM 1280 in Macon, Georgia, starting in 1957. In 1954 he became the city's first black DJ when he began working for WBML AM 1350.
Born in Macon, he attended college for a short time before working as an insurance agent for Atlanta Life and playing saxophone in his own band, the Hamptones, which occasionally featured high school friend Little Richard on vocals. Swain helped give James Brown his big break by being the first DJ to play "Please, Please, Please" on the radio in 1956. He also hosted "The Teenage Party," a talent competition won by local singer Otis Redding several times. Swain started his own record label in Macon in the late '60s, Jar-Val, named after two of his children, Jarvis and Valencia.
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- Guralnick, Peter (1999). Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom. Back Bay Books. ISBN 978-0-316-33273-6.
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