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King Curtis

Lionel Hampton Band
(King Curtis was a member for twelve months 1952-1953)

Moving to New York in 1953, King Curtis performed in local bands, and as a session musician, which he continued to do right up until his death in 1971.
His significance in this area cannot be underated. His saxophone can be heard on literally thousands of recordings, from ‘Yakety Yak’ by the Coasters in 1958
 to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ album in 1971

King Curtis
(Real name Curtis Ousley, born 7th February, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas, died 13th August , 1971, in New York city. Cause; Fatally stabbed
during a fight with a drug addict),

Atco 6114 - The Birth Of The Blues / Just Smoochin' - 1958
Atco 6124 - You Made Me Love You / Ific - 1958
Atco 6135 - Castle Rock / Chili - 1959
Atco 6143 - Honey Dripper -  Part 1 / Honey Dripper -  Part 2 - 1959
Atco 6152 - Heavenly Blues / Restless Guitar - 1959

ABC Paramount 10133 - Beatnik Hoedown / King Neptune's Guitar - 1960
Everest 19406 - Jay Walk / The Lone Prairie - 1961

King Curtis & The Noble Knights

Enjoy 1000 - Soul Twist / Twisting Time - 1962
Enjoy 1001 - Wobble Twist / Twisting With The King - 1962

King Curtis

Tru-Sound 401 - But That’s Alright / Trouble In Mind - 1962
Tru-Sound 406 - Jivin’ Time / I Have To Worry - 1962
Tru-Sound 406 - Twistin’ And Jivin’ / I Have To Worry - 1962
Tru-Sound 415 - Free For All / When The Saints Go Marching in - 1962
Everlast 5030 - Soul Twist / Twisting Time - 1962
King 5647 - King Curtis Stomp / Steel Guitar Rag - 1962
Segway 1006 - Hot Rod / Bonaparte's Retreat - 1962
Capitol 4788 - Turn 'Em On / Beach Party - 1962

Capitol 4841 - Your Cheatin' Heart / Beautiful Brown Eyes - 1962
Capitol 4998 - Do The Monkey / Feel All Right - 1963
Capitol 5061 - Theme From ‘Lilies Of The Field’ (Amen) / Theme From ‘Lilies Of The Field’ (Amen) Part 2 - 1963
Capitol 5109 - More Soul / Soul Serenade - 1964
Capitol 5212 - Summer Dream / Melancholy Serenade - 1964
Capitol 5270 - Hide Away / Stranger On The Shore - 1964
Capitol 5324 - Sister Sadie / Tanya - 1964

King Curtis & His Soul Music 
Capitol 5377 - Soul Twine / Bill Bailey - 1965
King Curtis 
Capitol 5490 - The Prance / Slow Drag - 1965
Atco 6387 - Spanish Harlem / The Boss - 1965

The Killer Joe Orchestra (Members: King Curtis, Willie Bobo….)

Atlantic 2282 - Killer Joe Orchestra - My Girl Sloopy (Cha-Cha-Watusi) / Bostella - 1965? - 1965

Ray Sharpe With The King Curtis Orchestra 

Atco 6402 - Help Me (Get The Feeling) (Part 1) / Help Me (Get The Feeling) (Part 2) - 1966

King Curtis

As well as being a recording artist in his own right, King Curtis formed part of the Aretha Franklin tour band at this time. 
He continued to act as a touring band member, as well as session musician for many years.

Atco 6406 - On Broadway / Quicksand - 1966
Atco 6419 - Make The World Go Away / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - 1966
Atco 6429 - Dancing In The Streets / He'll Have To Go - 1966
Atco 6447 - Pots And Pans -  Part 1 / Pots And Pans -  Part 2 - 1966
Atco 6457 - Something On Your Mind / Soul Theme - 1966
Atco 6476 - Jump Back / When Something Is Wrong With My Baby - 1967
Atco 6496 - You Don't Miss Your Water / Green Onions - 1967
Atco 6511 - Memphis Soul Stew / Blue Nocturne - 1967

King Curtis and the Kingpins

Atco 6534 - For What It's Worth / Cook Out - 1968
Atco 6547 - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / I Was Made To Love Her - 1968
Atco 6562 - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay / This Is Soul - 1968
Atco 6582 - (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls / Eighth Wonder - 1968
Atco 6598 - I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Whiter Shade Of Pale - 1968
Atco 6613 - Harper Valley P.T.A. / Makin' Hey - 1968

King Curtis

Atco 6630 - The Christmas Song / What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - 1968
Atco 6664 - Games People Play / Foot Pattin' (Part 2) - 1969

King Curtis and the King Pins

Atco 6680 - Instant Groove / Sweet Inspiration - 1969

King Curtis

Atco 6695 - Little Green Apples / La Jeanne - 1969
Atco 6711 - C.C. Rider / Rocky Roll - 1969

King Curtis and the King Pins

Atco 6720 - Pop Corn Willie / Patty Cake - 1969

King Curtis and the Kingpins

Atco 6738 - Soulin' / Teasin' - 1970
Atco 6762 - Get Ready / Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1970
Atco 6779 - Whole Lotta Love / Floatin' - 1970
Atco 6785 - Changes Part 1 / Changes Part 2 - 1970

King Curtis

Atco 6834 - Changes Part 1 / Changes Part 2 - 1970

Nancy Wilson / King Curtis

Collectables Col 061597 - You Better Go / Soul Serenade* - ? *Flip By King Curtis.

Bobby Freeman / King Curtis

Collectables Col 031607 - C'mon And Swim / Soul Twist* - ? *Flip By King Curtis.

Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers / King Curtis 

Atlantic 5046 71685 - Sock It To 'Em J.B., Pt.1 / Memphis Soul Stew

LPs

King Curtis

Atco
33-113 - Have Tenor Sax Will Blow - 1959
Tracks: Midnight Ramble / Linda / The Shake / Jaywalk / Lil Brother // Peter Gunn // The Groove / Snake Eyes / Cuban Twilight / Birth of the Blues / Chili

Atco SD 33-113 - Have Tenor Sax Will Blow - 1959
Tracks: Midnight Ramble / Linda / The Shake / Jaywalk / Lil Brother // Peter Gunn // The Groove / Snake Eyes / Cuban Twilight / Birth of the Blues / Chili

Oliver Nelson, King Curtis, Jimmy Forrest

Esquire 32-189 - Soul Battle - 1960
Tracks: Blues At The Five Spot / Blues For M..F. (Mort Fega) / Anacruses // Perdido / In Passing

King Curtis

RCA Victor LSP-2494 - Arthur Murray’s Music For Dancing The Twist - 1961
Tracks: Jersey Bounce-Twist / Twistin' Time / Honeysuckle Rose / The Peppermint Twist / The Huckle-Buck / The Arthur Murray Twist // Stompin' At The Savoy / The Twist / 12th Street Twist / Let's Twist Again / Alright Okay, You Win / The Fly

Tru-Sound TRU15001 - Trouble In Mind - 1962
Tracks: Trouble In Mind / Jivin' Time / Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out / Bad Bad Whiskey / I Have To Worry // Woke Up This Morning / But That's Alright / Ain't Nobody's Business / Don't Deceive Me / Deep Fry

Enjoy ENLP-2001 - King Curtis - Soul Twist - 1962
Tracks: Soul Twist / Twisting Time / What'd I Say / I Know / Sack O' Woe Twist / Camp Meetin' // Wobble Twist / Irresistible You / Big Dipper / Twisting With The King / Midnight Blue

Scepter SRM-505 - Shirelles and King Curtis - Twist Party - 1962
Tracks: Mama, Here Comes The Bride  / Take The Last Train Home (Instrumental)  / Welcome Home Baby  / I've Got A Woman  / I Still Want You   //  Take The Last Train Home (Vocal)  / Love Is A Swinging Thing  / Ooh Poo Pah Doo  / New Orleans  / Mister Twister  / Potato Chips 

Scepter SPS-505 - Shirelles and King Curtis - Twist Party - 1962
Tracks: Mama, Here Comes The Bride  / Take The Last Train Home (Instrumental)  / Welcome Home Baby  / I've Got A Woman  / I Still Want You   //  Take The Last Train Home (Vocal)  / Love Is A Swinging Thing  / Ooh Poo Pah Doo  / New Orleans  / Mister Twister  / Potato Chips

Capitol ST 1756 - Country Soul - 1962
Tracks: Any Time / Wagon Wheels / Home On The Range / Your Cheatin' Heart / Brown Eyes / Night Train To Memphis // Raunchy / I'm Movin' On / High Noon / Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Tennessee Waltz / Walkin' The Floor Over You

Capitol T 2095 - Soul Serenade - 1964
Tracks: Tequila /
Night Train / Java / Harlem Nocturne / Honky Tonk / Soul Twist // Memphis / Watermelon Man / Soul Serenade / Swingin' Shepherd Blues / My Last Date (With You) / Wiggle Wobble

Capitol ST2095 - Soul Serenade - 1964
Tracks: Tequila /
Night Train / Java / Harlem Nocturne / Honky Tonk / Soul Twist // Memphis / Watermelon Man / Soul Serenade / Swingin' Shepherd Blues / My Last Date (With You) / Wiggle Wobble

Atco
33-189 - That Lovin' Feelin' - 1966
Tracks: Love Theme From the Sandpiper / Cryin' Time / Michelle / I Left My Heart in San Francisco / Moonglow / Spanish Harlem / And I Love Her / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / What Now My Love / Make the World Go Away / Girl From Ipanema / On Broadway

Atco SD 33-189 - That Lovin' Feelin' - 1966
Tracks: Love Theme From the Sandpiper / Cryin' Time / Michelle / I Left My Heart in San Francisco / Moonglow / Spanish Harlem / And I Love Her / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / What Now My Love / Make the World Go Away / Girl From Ipanema / On Broadway


Atco
33-198 - Live At Small's Paradise - 1967
Tracks: Tough Talk / Philly Dog / Preach / Blowin' in the Wind / Medley: Peter Gunn, Get Along Cindy // Pots and Pans / The Shadow of Your Smile / Road Runner / Something on Your Mind / Soul Theme

Atco SD 33-198 - Live At Small's Paradise - 1967
Tracks: Tough Talk / Philly Dog / Preach / Blowin' in the Wind / Medley: Peter Gunn, Get Along Cindy // Pots and Pans / The Shadow of Your Smile / Road Runner / Something on Your Mind / Soul Theme


Atco
33-211 - King Curtis Plays the Great Memphis Hits - 1967
Tracks: Knock on Wood / Good To Me / Hold On, I'm Comin' / When Something is Wrong With My Baby / Green Onions / You Don't Miss Your Water // Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) / In the Midnight Hour / The Dog / I've been Loving You Too Long / Last Night / Jump Back

Atco SD 33-211 - King Curtis Plays the Great Memphis Hits - 1967
Tracks: Knock on Wood / Good To Me / Hold On, I'm Comin' / When Something is Wrong With My Baby / Green Onions / You Don't Miss Your Water // Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) / In the Midnight Hour / The Dog / I've been Loving You Too Long / Last Night / Jump Back


Atco
33-231 - King Size Soul -1967
Tracks: Ode to Billie Joe / A Whiter Shade of Pale / For What It's Worth / To Sir, With Love / Memphis Soul Stew // When a Man Loves a Woman / I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) / Life For Life (Vivre Pour Vivre) / C.C. Rider / I Was Made to Love Her

Atco SD 33-231 - King Size Soul -1967
Tracks: Ode to Billie Joe / A Whiter Shade of Pale / For What It's Worth / To Sir, With Love / Memphis Soul Stew // When a Man Loves a Woman / I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) / Life For Life (Vivre Pour Vivre) / C.C. Rider / I Was Made to Love Her

RCA Camden CAS2242 - Sax In Motion - 1968
Tracks: Jersey Bounce / Honeysuckle Rose / The Huckle-Buck / Stompin' At The Savoy / Alright, Ok. You Win // 12th Street Rag / Movin' On / Rockabye Baby / I'm With You / Open Up

Scepter SRM-569 - King Curtis & Shirelles - Eternally, Soul - 1968
Tracks: Mama Here Comes the Bride / Take the Last Train Home / Welcome Home, Baby / I've Got a Woman / I Still Want You // Take the Last Train Home / Love Is a Swingin' Thing / Ooh Poop Pah Do / New Orleans Old Lady / Mister Twister / Potato Chips

Scepter SPS-569 - King Curtis & Shirelles - Eternally, Soul - 1968
Tracks: Mama Here Comes the Bride / Take the Last Train Home / Welcome Home, Baby / I've Got a Woman / I Still Want You // Take the Last Train Home / Love Is a Swingin' Thing / Ooh Poop Pah Do / New Orleans Old Lady / Mister Twister / Potato Chips

Atco SD 33-247 - Sweet Soul - 1968
Tracks: Theme From Valley of the Dolls / Soul Serenade / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / Sweet Inspiration / By the Time I Get to Phoenix / Spooky / Honey / Up Up and Away / The Look of Love / Sittin' By the Dock of the Bay

Atco SD 33-266 - Best of King Curtis - 1968
Tracks: Harper Valley PTA / Ode to Billie Joe / Soul Serenade / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay / Memphis Soul Stew // Spanish Harlem / Jump Back / Something on Your Mind / You've Lost That Loving Feeling / Makin' Hay / I Was Made to Love Her

Atco 33-293 - Instant Groove - 1969
Tracks: Foot Pattin' / Games People Play / Hey Joe / Hey Jude / Hold Me Tight / Instant Groove / La Jeanne / Little Green Apples / Sing A Simple Song / Somewhere / The Weight / Wichita Lineman

Prestige PRST 7709 - The Best Of - 1969
Tracks: Jivin’ Time / Harlem Nocturne / Hot Saxes / Sweet Georgia Brown / The Party Time Twist // The Hully-Gully Twist / When The Saints Go Marching In / Firefly / Honky Tonk / Long Way From St. Louis

Atco SD 33-338 - Get Ready - 1970
Tracks: Get Ready / Sugar Foot / Floatin' / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Soulin' // Teasin' / Something / Promenade / Let It Be / Someday We'll Be Together

Prestige PR7789 - King Soul! - 1970
Tracks: Da Duh Dah / Have You Heard / Willow Weep For Me // Little Brother Soul / In A Funky Groove

Atco SD 33-359 - Live At Fillmore West - 1971
Tracks: A White Shade Of Pale / Changes / I Stand Accused / Memphis Soul Stew / Mr. Bojangles / Ode To Billie Joe / Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours / Soul Serenade / Whole Lotta Love

Prestige 7833 - Soul Meeting! - 1971
Tracks: Soul Meeting / Lazy Soul / All The Way // Jeep's Blues / What Is This Thing Called Love? / Do You Have Soul Now?

Atco SD 33-385 - Everybody's Talkin' - 1972
Tracks: Groove Me / You're the One / Honky Tonk / Love the One You're With / If I Were a Carpenter / Everybody's Talkin' // Ridin' Thumb / Alexander's Ragtime Band / Central Park / Wet Funk (Low Down and Dirty) / Ridin' Thumb-Jam

Prestige PR7775 - The Best Of King Curtis / One More Time - 1972
Tracks: Night Train / Royal Garden Blues / Something Frantic / Tuxedo Junction / Keep Movin' / Lean Baby // St. James Infirmary / Free For All / Fever / Low Down / The Hucklebuck / Soft

Pickwick SPC3293 - Watermelon Man - 1972
Tracks: Watermelon Man / Ain't That Good News / Misty / Chain Gang / Java // The Swingin' Shepherd / Night Train / Honky Tonk / Bill Bailey Tequila

Harlem Hitparade HHP8001 - Soul On Soul - 1973
Tracks: Soul Serenade / Sister Sadie / Soul Twist / Peter Gunn / Tequila / Watermelon Man / Having A Party / Twistin` The Night Away / One Mint Julep

Scepter CTN 18027 - The Best Of King Curtis - 1973
Tracks: Everybody Loves A Lover / Mama Here Comes The Bride / Boys / Ooh Poop Pah Do / Mister Twister / I Still Want You // I've Got A Woman / Take The Last Train Home / New Orleans Old Lady / Potato Chips / Beautiful Brown Eyes / The Work Song

Original Jazz Classics 198 - The New Scene Of King Curtis - 1985
Tracks: Da Duh Dah / Have You Heard / Willow weep For Me // Little Brother Soul / In A Funky Groove

Collectables COL5119 - Soul Twist - 1987
Tracks: King Curtis With Curley Hamner - Air-Raid / King Curtis & The Noble Knights - Soul Twist / King Curtis & The Noble Knights - Twisting Time / King Curtis & The Noble Knights - Wobble Twist / King Curtis & The Noble Knights - Twisting With The King / Choker Campbell & Band- Walking On My Thin Sole Shoes / Choker Campbell & Band - Walk Awhile / Les Cooper & The Soul Rockers- Wiggle Wobble / Willis Jackson & Band- Good To The Bone /

Willis Jackson & Band - Making It /

Noble Watts - Jookin / Noble Watts & June Bateman- What Ya Goona Do / King Curtis With Bobby Davis & The Rhythm Rockers - The Monky Shout / King Curtis With Bobby Davis & The Rhythm Rockers  - Get With It

CDs

King Curtis

Prestige PRCD-24153-2 - Night Train - 1995
Tracks: Fever /
Honky Tonk / So Rare / Tippin' In / You Came A Long Way From St. Louis / Tuxedo Junction / The Hucklebuck / Lean Baby / Harlem Nocturne / Night Train / Soft / Free For All / Easy-like / Hot Saxes / I'll Wait For You / The Party Time Twist / Low Down / Keep Movin' / (Let's Do) The Hully Gully Twist / Slow Motion / Firefly / Something Frantic

Additions by Peter Roth