Real Name:
Clarence Beeks
Profile:
Jazz vocalist and an early master of vocalese, where a singer sings words to a famous instrumental solo.

Born : March 24, 1922 in Oakdale, Tennessee.
Died : March 21, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.


King Pleasure first achieved popularity by singing the Eddie Jefferson vocalese classic "Moody's Mood for Love," based on a James Moody saxophone solo to "I'm in the Mood for Love". Pleasure's recording in 1952 is considered a jazz classic. He cites Jefferson as an influence and predecessor. He and Betty Carter also recorded a famous vocalese version of "Red Top," a jazz classic penned by Kansas Citian Ben Kynard and recorded by Gene Ammons and others.
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King Pleasure - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings album art King Pleasure / Annie Ross King Pleasure / Annie Ross - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings (Comp) Prestige US 1958 Sell This Version
PR 7586, PRT-7586 King Pleasure - Original Moody's Mood album art King Pleasure Original Moody's Mood(LP, Comp, RM) Prestige, Prestige PR 7586, PRT-7586 US 1968 Sell This Version
King Pleasure - The Source album art King Pleasure The Source (Comp, Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige US 1972 Sell This Version
OJC-217, OJC-217 (P-7128) King Pleasure - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings album art King Pleasure / Annie Ross King Pleasure / Annie Ross - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings(LP, Comp, Mono, RE) Prestige, Prestige OJC-217, OJC-217 (P-7128) US 1986 Sell This Version
PRC 7128 King Pleasure - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings album art King Pleasure / Annie Ross King Pleasure / Annie Ross - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings(Cass, Comp) Prestige PRC 7128 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDP 7 84463 2 King Pleasure - Moody's Mood For Love album art King Pleasure Moody's Mood For Love(CD, Comp, RE) Blue Note CDP 7 84463 2 US 1992 Sell This Version
KRB5160-2 King Pleasure - Moody's Mood For Love album art King Pleasure Moody's Mood For Love(CD, Comp, RE) KRB Music Companies KRB5160-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
none King Pleasure - The Ecstasy Of King Pleasure album art King Pleasure The Ecstasy Of King Pleasure(24xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Jasmine Records none UK 2013
711 King Pleasure - Doodlin' album art Dave Lambert Singers (Lambert Hendricks And Ross)*, King Pleasure Dave Lambert Singers (Lambert Hendricks And Ross)*, King Pleasure - Doodlin'(LP, Comp, Ltd) Yorkshir Records 711 US Unknown Sell This Version