Curtis Ousley, known professionally as King Curtis, was an American saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll. A bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer. Adept at tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, he played riffs and solos on hit singles such as "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, and "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters and his own "Memphis Soul Stew".
|Birth name:||Curtis Montgomery|
|Also known as:||Curtis Ousley|
|Born:||February 7, 1934, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Died:||August 13, 1971, Manhattan, New York|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, bandleader, producer|
|Labels:||Atco, Atlantic, Prestige, Capitol|
|Associated acts:||The Coasters, Delaney & Bonnie, Aretha Franklin|
|Spotify:||King Curtis's Spotify|
About King Curtis
Saxophone virtuoso who recorded in numerous styles, from jazz to soul. He was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2000.
King Curtis Before Fame
He was a talented student with interests in R&B and jazz, leading him to turn down scholarship offers and instead join the Lionel Hampton Band.
Achievement of King Curtis
His distinctive solo on "Yakety Yak" inspired Boots Randolph's own take on it, "Yakety Sax," which became the signature piece of the Benny Hill Show.
King Curtis Family Life
He was raised in Fort Worth by an adoptive family. His sister was also adopted.
Associations of King Curtis
He performed the saxophone solo on John Lennon's track "It's So Hard" off the 1971 album Imagine.
Information related to King Curtis
- The Coasters members
- Delaney & Bonnie & Friends members
- Groove Records artists
- Soul-jazz musicians
- Soul-jazz saxophonists
- American rock saxophonists
- Prestige Records artists
- Atco Records artists
- Murdered African-American people
- American soul musicians
- American bandleaders
- Singers from Texas
- American jazz saxophonists
- 20th-century saxophonists