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King Curtis

King Curtis was the last of the great R&B tenor sax giants. 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 Atlantic/Atco 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), then Prestige/New Jazz and Prestige/TruSound for jazz and R&B albums (1960-1961). Curtis also had a number one R&B single with "Soul Twist" on Enjoy Records (1962). He was signed by Capitol (1963-1964), where he cut mostly singles, including "Soul Serenade." Returning to Atlantic in 1965, he remained there 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. ~ Bob Porter, Rovi
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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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KING CURTIS the 1ST, 4EVER!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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nicko252008
The KING!
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Such a tasty musician.
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Miss u, man......... . . . : - ) :'(:-) :'(:-)
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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 coulda given saxophone lessons 2 saxophone teachers.... . . . .
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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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not all of us young kids have bad taste in muisc
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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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