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.
Singles & EPs
|924||King Pleasure With Teacho And Band*||King Pleasure With Teacho And Band* - Moody Mood For Love / Exclamation Blues (Shellac, 10")||Prestige||924||US||1952||Sell This Version|
|King Pleasure||Parker's Mood / What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry||Prestige||US||1954||Sell This Version|
|King Pleasure / Quincy Jones' Band*||King Pleasure / Quincy Jones' Band* - Don't Get Scared / Funk Junction||Prestige, Prestige||US||1955||Sell This Version|
|King Pleasure / Quincy Jones And His Band*||King Pleasure / Quincy Jones And His Band* - I'm Gone / You're Crying||Prestige||US||1955||Sell This Version|
|821||King Pleasure||Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Red Top (Shellac, 10", RE)||Prestige||821||US||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|PR 7586, PRT-7586||King Pleasure||Original Moody's Mood (LP, Comp, RM)||Prestige, Prestige||PR 7586, PRT-7586||US||1968||Sell This Version|
|King Pleasure||The Source (Comp)||Prestige, Prestige, Prestige||Germany||1972||Sell This Version|