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Mark King


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Born: October 20, 1958
Origin: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Genre(s): Jazz-Funk & Soul
Occupation(s): Singer, bassist
Instrument(s): Vocals, bass guitar
Years active: 1979 – Present
Label(s): Polydor
Associated acts: Level 42
Notable instrument(s):
JayDees Bass Guitar

Mark King (born 20 October 1958, Cowes, Isle of Wight) is an English musician. He is most famous for being the lead singer and bassist of the band, Level 42. In the early 1980s King popularized the 1970s-era slap and pop style for playing the bass guitar by incorporating it into pop music.


* 1 Early life
* 2 Level 42
* 3 Solo and later work
* 4 Playing style
* 5 Instruments
* 6 Home life
* 7 Discography
o 7.1 Albums
o 7.2 Singles
o 7.3 DVDs
* 8 External links

Early life

King began life on the Isle of Wight, a small island just off the southern mainland coast of England. His father, Raymond King, was a dairyman, and the family lived in a tied dairy house. King recalled in a 2006 newspaper interview [1], “it was post-war, with one brass tap, an outside toilet and a zinc bath in front of the fire.” He later lived on the Camp Hill and Albany prison estates on the outskirts of Newport. He attended Kitbridge Middle School where he met his childhood sweetheart Tracey Wilson, later writing a song about her. He then went to Cowes High School.

Originally, King pursued a career as a drummer. His father bought him his first kit for £10, whilst he gained encouragement to pursue a career in music from his music teacher at middle school.


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