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king Curtis – Everybody’s Talking


king Curtis – Everybody’s Talking

Recognized as one of the most influential saxophonists in contemporary popular music, Curtis Ouseley – known the world over as King Curtis – left an impressive body of work following his tragic passing on August 13, 1971. Fatally stabbed to death outside his New York home in an incident involving a trespasser, Curtis was enjoying one of the most successful periods in a noteworthy career that began in the ‘50s. After a string of best-selling albums for Atco (including “The Great Memphis Hits,” “King Size Soul,” “Sweet Soul,” “Instant Groove” and “Get Ready”) and a couple of R&B/pop crossover hit singles (1967’s classic “Memphis Soul Stew” and “Ode To Billie Joe”), Curtis was in more in demand than ever. In February ‘71, he was the opening act and bandleader for Atlantic labelmate Aretha Franklin for her historic Fillmore West concerts in San Francisco; in June, he had starred at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, cutting an album with renowned blues pianist and singer Champion Jack Dupree which would be among his final recordings. Ironically, Curtis’ most successful LP hit the charts literally the day after his passing at the age of just 37: “Live At The Fillmore West” reached the Top 10 on the R&B listings and No. 54 on the pop charts.

king curtis – 1972 everybody’s talking

Groove Me

You’re The One

Honky Tonk

Love The One You’re With

If I Were A Carpenter

Everybody’s Talkin

Ridin Thumb

Alexanders Ragtime Band

Central Park

Wet Funk (Low Down And Dirty)

Ridin’ Thumb Jam

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