King Curtis

Real Name:
Curtis Ousley
Profile:
NOTE: For the songwriter sometimes credited as Memphis Curtis, see Eddie Curtis.

American saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll. A bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer.
Born: February 7, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas
Died: August 13, 1971 in New York, New York (Murdered by junkies)

Successful both as a solo artist -best known for his 1967 hit Memphis Soul Stew- as well as a session musician and producer. Curtis mainly played and composed rhythm and blues or soul but also some Rock and roll and great bop or soul jazz. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
From raresoul.com:
"More than 2,000 people attended King Curtis’ funeral at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Midtown Manhattan.

A number of important figures attended the services, including Aretha Franklin, her father Reverend C.L. Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Brook Benton, The Isley Brothers and Rev. Jesse Jackson, who delivered the eulogy.

King Curtis is still by far, the most influential saxophone player in the history of R&B and Rock & Roll music.

King Curtis played on thousands of records as the most in demand saxophone player, from the early 1950s until his death in August of 1971.

He worked with a wide variety of artists ranging from The Coasters and Buddy Holly, to Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.

King Curtis began playing the saxophone at a young age in Fort Worth, Texas. He turned down a scholarship to pursue an opportunity as a member of Lionel Hampton’s touring band.

In 1952, King Curtis moved to New York to become one of the most in-demand session players, where his famous style of playing can be heard on classic songs like “Yakety Yak” by The Coasters, “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke, “Tossin’ and Turnin’ By Bobby Lewis and numerous others.

In 1961, King Curtis released his own hit record with King Curtis And The Noble Knights titled “Soul Twist,” which landed at #1 for two weeks in April of 1962.

In 1965, he supported The Beatles at Shea Stadium (including a number backing Brenda Holloway), signed with Atlantic Records’ Atco imprint and in 1967, King Curtis hit big with the singles “Memphis Soul Stew” and “Ode To Billie Joe,” while also leading Aretha Franklin’s backing band, King Curtis & The Kingpins.

Just months before King Curtis was stabbed, he was featured as a guest on John Lennon’s landmark album Imagine."
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33-113 Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow — King Curtis King Curtis Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow (Album) ATCO Records 33-113 US 1959 Sell This Version
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NJLP - 8237 The New Scene Of King Curtis — King Curtis King Curtis The New Scene Of King Curtis (Album) New Jazz NJLP - 8237 US 1960 Sell This Version
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7222, PRST 7222 Soul Meeting — King Curtis King Curtis Soul Meeting (Album) Prestige, Prestige 7222, PRST 7222 US 1960 Sell This Version
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TRU 15006, TRU-15006 Old Gold — King Curtis King Curtis Old Gold (Album) Tru-Sound TRU 15006, TRU-15006 US 1961 Sell This Version
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MVM 119 The Soul Of King Curtis — King Curtis King Curtis The Soul Of King Curtis Mount Vernon Music MVM 119 US 1961 Sell This Version
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T1756 Country Soul — King Curtis King Curtis Country Soul (Album) Capitol Records T1756 US 1962 Sell This Version
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LP-505 Give A Twist Party — King Curtis The Shirelles & King Curtis The Shirelles & King Curtis - Give A Twist Party (Album) Scepter Records, Scepter Records, Scepter Records LP-505 US 1962 Sell This Version
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TRU 15001, TRU-ST-15001, ST 15001 Trouble In Mind — King Curtis King Curtis Trouble In Mind (Album) Tru-Sound TRU 15001, TRU-ST-15001, ST 15001 US 1962 Sell This Version
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TRU 15008 It's Party Time With King Curtis — King Curtis King Curtis It's Party Time With King Curtis (Album) Tru-Sound TRU 15008 US 1962 Sell This Version
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TRU 15009 Doing The Dixie Twist — King Curtis King Curtis Doing The Dixie Twist Tru-Sound TRU 15009 US 1962 Sell This Version
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PR 7223 Soul Battle — King Curtis Oliver Nelson, King Curtis, Jimmy Forrest Oliver Nelson, King Curtis, Jimmy Forrest - Soul Battle (Album) Prestige PR 7223 US 1962 Sell This Version
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T-2095 Soul Serenade — King Curtis King Curtis Soul Serenade (Album) Capitol Records T-2095 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
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T 2341 Plays The Hits Made Famous By Sam Cooke — King Curtis King Curtis Plays The Hits Made Famous By Sam Cooke (Album) Capitol Records T 2341 US 1965 Sell This Version
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SD 33-189 That Lovin' Feeling — King Curtis King Curtis That Lovin' Feeling (Album) ATCO Records SD 33-189 Peru 1966 Sell This Version
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33-198 Live At Small's Paradise — King Curtis King Curtis Live At Small's Paradise (Album) ATCO Records 33-198 US 1966 Sell This Version
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SD 33-211 Plays The Great Memphis Hits — King Curtis King Curtis Plays The Great Memphis Hits (Album) ATCO Records SD 33-211 US 1967 Sell This Version
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ATC 9124, SD 33-247 Sweet Soul — King Curtis King Curtis Sweet Soul (Album) ATCO Records ATC 9124, SD 33-247 South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
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CAL*2242 Sax In Motion — King Curtis King Curtis Sax In Motion (Album) RCA Camden CAL*2242 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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SD 33-293 Instant Groove — King Curtis King Curtis Instant Groove (Album) ATCO Records SD 33-293 US 1969 Sell This Version
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RCS 84067 Get Ready — King Curtis King Curtis Get Ready (Album) ATCO Records RCS 84067 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
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2400159 Live At Fillmore West — King Curtis King Curtis Live At Fillmore West (Album) ATCO Records 2400159 UK 1971 Sell This Version
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none Untitled — King Curtis King Curtis Untitled(LP, Promo, Pin) Not On Label none 1971 Sell This Version
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UPF-157 Soul Time — King Curtis King Curtis Soul Time (Album) UpFront Records (3) UPF-157 US 1972 Sell This Version
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33-385 Everybody's Talkin' — King Curtis King Curtis Everybody's Talkin' (Album) ATCO Records 33-385 US 1972 Sell This Version
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HHP-8001 Soul On Soul — King Curtis King Curtis Soul On Soul (Comp) Harlem Hitparade HHP-8001 US 1973 Sell This Version