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Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934 – August 13, 1971), who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist who played rhythm and blues, soul, rock, and soul jazz.

Curtis was born in Fort Worth, Texas. During the 1950s and early to mid 1960s he both worked as a session player on such records as Yakety Yak and recorded his own singles. His best known singles from this period are…

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  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • King Curtis certainly had a lot of respect in the music industry. His collaborations were legendary. Everyone from The Coasters to Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, Aretha Franklin and John Lennon, just to name a few. Great sax!
  • I love them on late '60s and early '70s on 7"s...
  • nice....soul twist
  • Fantastic!
  • would love to have something with them together
  • all of your comments are right on...Curtis and Duane Allman were great friends, that says it all to me. Both taken way too early.
  • great, great, great
  • "This Is Instant Groove"
  • Withnail & I

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