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Biography

  • Born

    20 January 1932

  • Born In

    Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States

  • Died

    11 September 2010 (aged 78)

Carlton "King" Coleman (born January 20, 1932) is an American rhythm and blues singer and musician known for providing vocals for the 1959 hit "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes", recorded with James Brown's band. Over the course of his singing career, Coleman released numerous singles that have been re-released on compilations as well as the 2003 retrospective It's Dance Time released by Norton Records. He has performed on stage as recently as 2005 on a tour of the U.S. East Coast.

Coleman worked as a radio disc jockey, starting out at Tampa's WTMP and Miami's WFEC and eventually WMBM, where he was one of the city's most popular DJs in the late 1950s. In more recent years, Coleman hosted a six-hour nightly radio show entitled "Nothing But Love", also on WMBM, now a gospel station.

Coleman has also performed as an actor, appearing in several movies and television shows, including Claudine, Welcome Back Kotter, Up the Academy, and Bad Boys II

Coleman is also the father of accomplished drummer and recording artist Tony Coleman, who has often performed with B.B. King.

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