King Curtis

King Curtis

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

Saxophonist, songwriter and producer. Born 7 February 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas, died murdered by junkies on 13 August 1971 in New York, New York.

Succesful 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 raressoul.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 C.L. Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Brook Benton, The Isley Brothers and Rev. Jessie 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 saxaphone 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 The Noble Knights titled “Soul Twist,” which landed at #1 for two weeks in April of 1962.

In 1965, he 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, 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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King Curtis Discography

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King Curtis Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow (Album) ATCO Records US 1959 Sell This Version
King Curtis The New Scene Of King Curtis (Album) New Jazz US 1960 Sell This Version
King Curtis Soul Meeting (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1960 Sell This Version
King Curtis Old Gold Tru-Sound US 1961 Sell This Version
King Curtis Country Soul (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Oliver Nelson, King Curtis, Jimmy Forrest Oliver Nelson, King Curtis, Jimmy Forrest - Soul Battle (Album) prestige UK 1960 Sell This Version
King Curtis It's Party Time With King Curtis (Album) Tru-Sound Germany 1962 Sell This Version
The Shirelles & King Curtis The Shirelles & King Curtis - Give A Twist Party (Album) Scepter Records US 1962 Sell This Version
King Curtis Trouble In Mind (Album) Tru-Sound US 1962 Sell This Version
King Curtis Doing The Dixie Twist Tru-Sound US 1962 Sell This Version
King Curtis Soul Serenade (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1964 Sell This Version
King Curtis Plays The Hits Made Famous By Sam Cooke (Album) Capitol Records US 1965 Sell This Version
King Curtis Live At Small's Paradise (Album) ATCO Records US 1966 Sell This Version
King Curtis That Lovin' Feeling (Album, MiniAlbum, EP) ATCO Records US 1966 Sell This Version
King Curtis Plays The Great Memphis Hits (Album) ATCO Records US 1967 Sell This Version
King Curtis Sweet Soul (Album) ATCO Records UK 1968 Sell This Version
CAS 2242 (e) King Curtis Sax In Motion(LP, Album) RCA Camden CAS 2242 (e) US 1968 Sell This Version
King Curtis Instant Groove (Album) ATCO Records US 1969 Sell This Version
King Curtis Get Ready (Album) ATCO Records US 1970 Sell This Version
King Curtis Live At Fillmore West (Album) ATCO Records US 1971 Sell This Version
none King Curtis Untitled(LP, Promo, Pin) Not On Label (King Curtis) none 1971 Sell This Version
King Curtis Everybody's Talkin' (Album) ATCO Records US 1972 Sell This Version
King Curtis Soul Time (Album) UpFront Records (3) US 1972 Sell This Version
King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree - Blues At Montreux (Album) Atlantic France 1972 Sell This Version
JSP 1091 King Curtis Live In New York(LP, Album, RM, No ) JSP Records JSP 1091 UK 1985 Sell This Version