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King Curtis

King Curtis was the last of the great R&B tenor sax giants. Born Curtis Ousley in Fort Worth, Texas, he came to prominence in the mid-'50s as a session musician in New York, recording, at one time or another, for most East Coast R&B labels. A long association with Atco/Atlantic began in 1958, especially on recordings by the Coasters. He recorded singles for many small labels in the '50s -- his own Atco sessions (1958-1959), and Prestige/New Jazz and Prestige/Tru-Sound for jazz and R&B albums (1960-1961). Curtis also had a number one R&B single with "Soul Twist" on Enjoy (1962). He was signed by Capitol (1963-1964), where he cut mostly singles, including the number 20 R&B hit "Soul Serenade." He returned to Atco/Atlantic in 1965, where he remained for the rest of his life. He had solid R&B single success with "Memphis Soul Stew" and "Ode to Billie Joe" (1967). Beginning in 1967, Curtis started to take a more active studio role at Atlantic, leading and contracting sessions for other artists, producing with Jerry Wexler, and later on his own. He also became the leader of Aretha Franklin's backing unit, the Kingpins. He compiled several albums of singles during this period. All aspects of his career were in full swing at the time he was murdered in 1971. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. ~ Bob Porter
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Instant Groove

1. Instant Groove

2. Hey Joe

3. Foot Pattin'

4. Wichita Lineman

5. Games People Play

6. Sing A Simple Song

7. The Weight

8. La Jeanne

9. Little Green Apples

10. Somewhere

11. Hold Me Tight

12. Hey Jude

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Track List: Peter Gunn

1. Peter Gunn

2. Midnight Ramble

3. Linda

4. The Shake

5. Jay Walk

6. Lil Brother

7. Birth Of The Blues (Original Version)

8. Chili

9. The Groove

10. Cuban Twilight

11. Snake Eyes

12. All The Way

13. In A Funky Groove

14. Da-Duh-Dah

15. Willow Weep For Me

16. Little Brother Soul

17. Have You Heard?

18. Soul Meeting

19. Do You Have Soul Now?

20. Lazy Soul

21. What Is This Thing Called Love?

22. Jeep's Blues

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Track List: Wicky Wacky

2. Birth Of The Blues

3. Battle Royal

4. Wicky Wacky, Part 1

5. The Count And The King

6. Jest Smoochin'

7. Steel Guitar Rag

8. The Stranger

9. Dynamite At Midnight

10. King's Rock

11. Open Up

12. Rockabye Baby

13. No More Crying On My Pillow

14. Movin' On

15. Wicky Wacky, Part 2

16. Tenor In The Sky

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Track List: Soul Twist / The Lone Prairie (Digital 45)

1. Soul Twist

2. The Lone Prairie

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Track List: Jay Walk (Digital 45) - Single

1. Jay Walk

2. Misty

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Track List: Music For Dancing The Twist

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Track List: Get Ready

1. Get Ready

2. Sugar Foot

3. Floatin'

4. Bridge Over Troubled Water

5. Soulin'

6. Teasin'

7. Something

8. Promenade

9. Let It Be

10. Someday We'll Be Together

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Track List: Live At Small's Paradise

1. Tough Talk (Live At Small's Paradise)

2. Philly Dog (Live At Small's Paradise)

3. Preach (Live At Small's Paradise)

4. Blowin' In The Wind (Live At Small's Paradise)

5. Medley: Peter Gunn/Get Long Cindy (Live At Small's Paradise)

6. Pots And Pans (Live At Small's Paradise)

7. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Live At Small's Paradise)

8. (I'm A) Road Runner (Live At Small's Paradise)

9. Something On Your Mind (Live At Small's Paradise)

10. Soul Theme (Live At Small's Paradise)

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Track List: Memphis Soul Stew

1. Memphis Soul Stew

3. The Honeydripper (Part Ii)

5. The Birth Of The Blues

6. Spanish Harlem

7. Boss

8. Soul Theme

9. I've Been Loving You Too Long

10. Castle Rock

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: King Curtis

1. Groove Me

2. Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"

3. Soul Serenade (Live @ Fillmore West)

4. Whole Lotta Love (Studio SIngle Version)

5. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

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Track List: Sweet Soul / Everybody's Talkin'

1. (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls

4. Sweet Inspiration

5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

6. Spooky

7. Honey

9. The Look Of Love

10. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

11. Groove Me

12. You're The One

13. Honky Tonk

14. Love The One You're With

15. If I Were A Carpenter

16. Everybody's Talkin'

17. Ridin' Thumb

18. Alexander's Ragtime Band

19. Central Park

21. Ridin' Thumb-Jam

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Track List: King Of The Sax

1. Soul Twist

2. Twisting Time

3. What'd I Say (Part 1)

4. What'd I Say (Part 2)

5. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

6. Sack O' Woe (Twist)

7. Camp Meetin' (Aka Harmonica Twist)

8. Wobble Twist

9. Irresistible You

10. Big Dipper (Aka Mr. Crow)

11. Twisting With The King

12. Midnight Blue

13. Hot Potato (Piping Hot)

14. The Monkeys Shout

15. Get With It (By Bobby Davis And The Rhythm Rockers)

16. Air Raid (By Curley Hamner)

17. Soul Twist (Alternate Take "Take 7")

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Track List: Plays The Great Memphis Hits / King Size Soul

1. Knock On Wood

2. Good To Me

4. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

5. Green Onions

6. You Don't Miss Your Water

7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Sad Song

8. In The Midnight Hour

10. I've Been Loving You Too Long

11. Last Night

12. Jump Back

14. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

15. For What It's Worth

16. To Sir, With Love

17. Memphis Soul Stew

18. When A Man Loves A Woman

19. I Never Loved A Man-The Way I Love You

22. I Was Made To Love Her

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Track List: The Best Of King Curtis

1. Night Train

2. One Mint Julep

3. Soul Twist

4. Soul Serenade

5. Honky Tonk (Parts 1&2)

6. Slow Drag

7. Hide Away

8. Strollin' Home

9. Sister Sadie

10. Tanya

11. Summer Dream

12. Hungover

13. Bill Bailey

14. More Soul

15. Shake

16. A Change Is Gonna Come

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Track List: Night Train

1. Fever

2. Honky Tonk

3. So Rare

4. Tippin' In

5. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

6. Tuxedo Junction

7. The Hucklebuck

8. Lean Baby

9. Harlem Nocturne

10. Night Train

11. Soft

12. Free For All

13. Easy Like

14. Hot Saxes

15. I'll Wait For You

16. The Party Time Twist

17. Low Down

18. Keep Movin'

19. (Let's Do) The Hully Gully Twist

20. Slow Motion

21. Firefly

22. Something Frantic

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Track List: Live At The Fillmore West

1. Memphis Soul Stew (Live)

2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live)

3. Whole Lotta Love (Live)

4. I Stand Accused (Live)

5. Changes (Live)

6. Ode To Billie Joe (Live)

7. Mr. Bojangles (Live)

8. Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours (Live)

9. Soul Serenade (Live)

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Track List: Everybody's Talkin'

1. Groove Me

2. You're The One

3. Honky Tonk

4. Love The One You're With

5. If I Were A Carpenter

6. Everybody's Talkin'

7. Ridin' Thumb

8. Alexander's Ragtime Band

9. Central Park

10. Wet Funk (Low Down And Dirty)

11. Ridin' Thumb Jam

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Track List: Do Your Thing

1. Memphis Soul Stew

2. Jump Back

3. Instant Groove

4. Last Night

5. When A Man Loves A Woman

6. I've Been Loving You Too Long

7. Sing A Simple Song

8. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

9. I Was Made To Love Her

11. Hold On I'm Coming

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Track List: Sweet Soul

1. Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"

2. Soul Serenade

3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

4. Sweet Inspiration

5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

6. Spooky

7. Honey

8. Up-Up And Away

9. The Look Of Love

10. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

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Track List: King Size Soul

1. Ode To Billie Joe

2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

3. For What It's Worth

4. To Sir With Love

5. Memphis Soul Stew

6. When A Man Loves A Woman

7. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)

8. Live For Life (Vivre Pour Vivre)

9. C.C. Rider

10. I Was Made To Love Her

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Track List: Plays Great Memphis Hits

1. Knock On Wood

2. Good To Me

3. Hold On! I'm Coming

4. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

5. Green Onions

6. You Don't Miss Your Water

7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)

8. In The Midnight Hour

9. The Dog (Aka Walking The Dog)

10. I've Been Loving You Too Long

11. Last Night

12. Jump Back

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Track List: That Lovin' Feeling

1. The Shadow Of Your Smile

2. Michelle

3. Cryin' Time

4. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

5. Moonglow

6. Spanish Harlem

7. You've Lost That Loving Feeling

8. What Now My Love

9. And I Love Her

10. Make The World Go Away

11. The Girl From Ipanema

12. On Broadway

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Track List: Soul Serenade (Bonus Track Version)

1. Memphis

2. Watermelon Man

3. Tanya

4. Night Train

5. Soul Serenade

6. Soul Twist

7. Twisting Time

8. What'd I Say

9. I Know

10. Sack O Woe Twist

11. Camp Meeting

12. Irresistible You

13. Big Dipper

14. Twisting With The King

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Track List: Soul Serenade

1. Soul Serenade

2. Memphis

3. Watermelon Man

4. Tanya

5. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues

6. Night Train

7. Wiggle Wobble

8. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?

9. The Peter Gunn Theme

10. My Last Date (With You)

11. Potato Chips

12. Take The Last Train Home

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Track List: Azure

1. Close Your Eyes

2. Unchained Melody

3. Offshore

4. Nearness Of You

5. Misty

6. Stranger

7. When I Fall In Love

8. It Ain't Necessarily So

9. Our Love Is Here To Stay

10. My Love Is Your Love

11. Sweet And Lovely

12. Azure

13. The Lone Prairie

14. Jaywalk

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Track List: Have Tenor Sax Will Blow

1. Midnight Ramble

2. Linda

3. The Shake

4. Jay Walk

5. Lil Brother

6. Peter Gunn

7. The Groove

8. Snake Eyes

9. Cuban Twilight

10. Birth Of The Blues

11. Chili

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calaan
This is the best thing about Pandora. I had never heard of King Curtis until I stumbled on him on the Miles Davis station. What a talent!
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On all the great Coasters hits. Couldn't miss that greatness.
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What a Sweet Sax!!! He really is so smooth!!! Love It !!!! ✨✨❤️
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A sweet soul stew,no.1...
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One of the GREATEST SAX PLAYERS of
ALL TIME!!!!!!!! !
I miss him sooooooooo much........ . : ' ( . . . . . . . . . .
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Excellent tune, kinda reminds me of "The Stroll" ? if I remember right. Shame on whoever stopped such talent.
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Whattt a great sound me be 71 this year make me feel goooood gracias that u
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Jamming,this s**t. is great!!!
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Mmmmmm...sou n d s so good, out of sight!
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King Curtis an artist of my time for all the party I use to go to in Trinidad .
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King Curtis all right baby.
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K.C. U CAN BLOW.....
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Saw his band when he backed Aretha in the 70s. Was murdered in my city and home state unfortunatel y .
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Great Sound King Curtis
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I was 14 wen they cut this record . Just a puppy
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Such a tasty musician.
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Excellent rendition of Spanish Harlem
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"I Stand Accused (Live)"Sharp as a knife.
A-Blast*978* ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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ferg2513
Opened for Beatles at Shea stadium on their first visit....smo k i n g on Live at
Fillmore West w/aretha.
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King Curtis is the king of saxophone makes want to be striper dancers
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Mmmm...King Curtis is good!
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King Curtis is irreplaceabl e . . . . . . . . .
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Great and powerful arrangement
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This is beautiful... . . . . . . Ace cannon, sorry bud think I found a new second favorite.... .
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Today music and the music of the late 60's through the 70's are so different, like night and day. The feeling I get from the past are groovy and now I cannot relate. To old I guess
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g.cylin
not all of us young kids have bad taste in muisc
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g.cylin
MAN he can play this song slaps
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had no idea Billy Preston played organ on this album.I had the 8 track in my car and played it wherever I went.It became the soundtrack to my life in late 60s......... . . . . . . w i s h I was back in the 60s........n o I am healthier now,thank you!
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Mmmmmm-good!
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King Curtis is THe Man when it comes to Low-Down Instrumental Blues!!!
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I delivered a package to him in 1963, he gave me the biggest tip I ever got, he was a KING.
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dead.vinyl
hendrix played guitar behind this guy. live and on record in the mid and early sixties. which ones? good luck.
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A GREAT SOUND FOR MUSIC LOVERS!
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He owned a building in Manhattan, NYC. He was trying to deal with some local hoodlums and they killed him. A great talent lost to the city misery.
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budcortfans
You should hear him play Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"! Fantastic!!
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frank.lopez
Can deliver Mean a** sax or smooth serenade
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Wiggle Wobble I will always fondly remember listening and dancing to!
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jazz or r&b King




Jazz or R&B King Curtis was the lick

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ridin thumb very cool
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Now that is some BAD Sax!!!
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AAAAHHHHHH THAT WAS NICE.....
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bkimbrou
absolutely love it. play it at my desk at work
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HEAR SOUL SERENADE BY MR. WILLIE MITCHELL !!!!!
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Soul Serenade is the best I have ever heard. I have not heard it played on Pandora.BW
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I'm new to the King Curtis experience. All I have to say is that every time his songs come on Pandora, I'm checking the site to see who's playing. This is what smooth jazz is all about.

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