Wildman Steve on Weird World Records (1976)

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Wildman Steve.

“A whole other world and part of the TK family of labels is called Weird World Records and features the works of Wildman Steve, product described as “For Adults Only.”

So reads the text from a 1976 issue of the famous music business trade-mag Cash Box.

Wildman Steve was an underground comic in the style of Richard Pryor and George Carlin. He never achieved major crossover success, but his comic albums sold in the hundreds of thousands around the country as well as internationally, mostly under the counters of record stores that could not afford the negative attention of stocking his works on their more prominent shelves.

Wildman Steve’s controversially titled album “The Six Thousand Dollar Ni***,” also a film in which he acted in the starring role, came out on Henry Stone’s TK subsidiary Weird World Records in 1977. The label was also home to Clarence Reid’s dirty parody alter ego Blowfly.

Wildman Steve, real name Steven Gallon, passed away in Miami, FL in 2004. In his lifetime he served in Korea with the U.S. Navy, and also worked in radio, nightclubs, and concert promotion.

In Miami, he worked at famed radio station WMBM and also hosted and MC’d shows at Overtown nightclubs. As a standup he performed on the same bills as Redd Foxx, and Flip Wilson.

Wildman Steve is a name that still rings bells in the streets of Miami, and in this new millenium that’s really saying something. Look out for Henry Stone Music USA Inc. to continue to keep his name alive through some exciting new releases in the works.

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