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New Orleans, United States

King Floyd (February 13, 1945 - March 6, 2006 ) was a New Orleans soul singer and songwriter, best known for his Top 10 hit from 1970, “Groove Me”.
King Floyd III was born in New Orleans in 1945. His musical career started as a singer at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street. Following a stint in the army, Floyd went to California, where he joined up with record producer Harold Battiste. His debut album, A Man In Love, featuring songs co-written with Dr. John, failed to make an impact on the charts. Floyd returned to New Orleans in 1969 and worked for the Post Office.

He first recorded a single (Walkin’ and Talkin’) for LA based Art Laboe’s Original Sound label in 1965. Floyd had written with fellow New Orleans refugee Dr. John while in L.A, and in 1967 recorded a pop oriented album on the Mercury subsidiary Pulsar called “King Floyd: A Man in Love”. He was recording with Wardell Quezergue in Jackson MS for Malaco Record’s in-house label Chimneyville, when his song “Groove Me” became a huge hit in late 1970.
In 1970, Wardell Quezergue, an arranger of R&B scores, persuaded Floyd to record “Groove Me” with Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi. Jean Knight recorded her hit, “Mr. Big Stuff,” in the same sessions. At first, “Groove Me” was a B-side to another Floyd song, “What Our Love Needs.” New Orleans radio DJ’s started playing “Groove Me” and the song became a local hit. Atlantic Records picked up national distribution of “Groove Me,” which topped the United States R&B chart and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] & went to #41 in Britain. This disc sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the R.

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