|Tags:||new orleans rhythm and blues blues funk new orleans rhythm and blues new orleans blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (Have You Gone Crazy, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (A Mothers Love). Strongly influenced by Guitar Slim, during the mid-50s he worked with Huey Smiths band and recorded his biggest hit, Those Lonely Lonely Nights, with Smith on piano; this was on Johnny Vincents Ace Records label, for whom King was house guitarist. In 1958, he made a version of Everyone Has To Cry Sometime as Handsome Earl. He went on to record for Rex and Imperial Records where he made Come On aka Let The Good Times Roll and the R&B hits Always A First Time and Trick Bag (1962) which featured...