Soul-R&B tenor saxophonist King Curtis (born Curtis Ousley, February 7, 1934 - August 13, 1971) had a string of all-instrumental hits from 1962-1972 on the R&B and Pop/Rock charts that included "Soul Twist" (1962, with the Noble Knights), "Memphis Soul Stew" (1967), and "Ode To Billy Joe" (1967, with the Kingpins). He first recorded as King Curtis and the Noble Knights, then as King Curtis, and then as the Kingpens.
A highly sought-after session musician, King Curtis can be heard in many rock and roll classics including the Coasters' "Yakety Sax." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
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King Curtis And The Noble Knights
- Soul Twist 1962
- Memphis Soul Stew 1967
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