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Federal Records was an American record label founded in 1950 as a subsidiary of Syd Nathan's King Records. It was run by famed record producer Ralph Bass and was mainly devoted to rhythm & blues releases.

James Brown was touring with The Flames when they were signed to Federal in 1956. The group's first Federal single, "Please, Please, Please," was a regional hit and eventually sold a million copies. Federal also issued such classics as the Dominoes' "Sixty Minute Man", and "Have Mercy Baby" as well as Hank Ballard's "Work with Me, Annie" which was opposed immediately by the FCC but went on to be an enormous hit.Johnny "Guitar" Watson was another artist on Federal Records.

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