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2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee King Curtis

King Curtis

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  • Year:
    2000
  • Inducted by:
    Mike Stoller
  • Category:
    Award for Musical Excellence
King Curtis

Hall of Fame Essay

2000

David McGee

That the saxophone found a place in rock & roll history is almost exclusively due to the feroc­ity of the contributions made by King Curtis Ousley to a host of barn-burning singles in the late 1950s, when he played sideman to the Coasters, for starters, and numerous other top R&B names of the era.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1934, King Curtis was steeped in gospel music at an early age, thanks to his father, who played guitar in a sanctified church band. He was all often years old when he heard Louis Jordan playing saxophone on the radio and found his life’s path suddenly made clear.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 2000
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