Fatback – King Tim III (Personality Jock)

Spring Records (US) [SP-D-402] 1979

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Widely regarded as the first rap record on vinyl, soul funk group Fatback Band released “King Tim III” a few weeks prior to the Sugarhill Gang’s debut as a B side track although according to some people “Rapper’s Delight” was first. Who knows exactly? Either way it contributed to the birth of hip hop on vinyl.

There are a few label variations which are pictured below plus a promo with just “King Tim III” which was released due to the low position of the original release in the charts and resulted in a much higher chart position.


Promotional Only Release

Side A

King Tim III (Personality Jock) [6:13]

Side B

King Tim III (Personality Jock) [6:13]

General Release

Side A

You’re My Candy Sweet [7:04]

Side B

King Tim III (Personality Jock) [6:13]



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