King Pleasure

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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Albums

LP 208 King Pleasure King Pleasure SIngs(LP, Mono) Prestige LP 208 US 1954 Sell This Version
King (Moody's Mood For Love) Pleasure* Golden Days (Album, Comp) HiFi Jazz, HiFi Jazz US 1960 Sell This Version
King Pleasure Mr. Jazz (Album) United Artists Jazz US 1962 Sell This Version
P-7128, OJCCD-217-2 King Pleasure / Annie Ross King Pleasure / Annie Ross - King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings(CD, Album) Prestige, Original Jazz Classics P-7128, OJCCD-217-2 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
UAS 18021, SS 18021 King Pleasure Mr. Jazz(LP, RE) United Artists Records, Inc., Solid State Records (2) UAS 18021, SS 18021 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

King Pleasure I'm In The Mood For Love Prestige US 1952 Sell This Version
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
45-821 King Pleasure Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Red Top(7") Prestige 45-821 US 1952 Sell This Version
King Pleasure Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Red Top Prestige US 1953 Sell This Version
PREP 1338 King Pleasure King Pleasure Sings(7", EP) Prestige PREP 1338 US 1953 Sell This Version
King Pleasure Parker's Mood / What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry (EP) Prestige US 1954 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
King Pleasure / Quincy Jones' Band* King Pleasure / Quincy Jones' Band* - Don't Get Scared / Funk Junction Prestige, Prestige US 1955 Sell This Version
45-5226 King Pleasure (King Pleasure Interpretation Of Old Black Magic) Diaper Pin(7") Jubilee 45-5226 US 1956 Sell This Version
MEP 442 King Pleasure King Pleasure Sings(7", EP) Metronome MEP 442 Sweden 1958 Sell This Version
45-182 King Pleasure Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Parker's Mood(7") Prestige 45-182 US 1960 Sell This Version
UA 527 King Pleasure Mean To Me(7", Single, Promo) United Artists Records UA 527 US 1962 Sell This Version
UA 3060 King Pleasure I'm In The Mood For Love(7") United Artists Records UA 3060 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
King Pleasure I'm In The Mood For Love / That Old Black Magic (Single) United Artists Records US 1972 Sell This Version
45-924 King Pleasure Exclamation Blues(7", Single) Prestige 45-924 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-124 King Pleasure Red Top (7", Single) Prestige 45-124 US Unknown Sell This Version
COL 3845 King Pleasure I'm In The Mood For Love (Moody's Mood For Love)/The New Symphony Sid (7") Collectables COL 3845 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

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(LP, Comp, RM) Prestige, Prestige PR 7586, PRT-7586 US 1968 Sell This Version
King Pleasure The Source (Comp, Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige US 1972 Sell This Version