Earl King

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Tags: new orleans rhythm and blues blues funk new orleans rhythm and blues new orleans blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
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 Mother’s Love’). Strongly influenced by Guitar Slim, during the mid-50s he worked with Huey Smith’s band and recorded his biggest hit, ‘Those Lonely Lonely Nights’, with Smith on piano; this was on Johnny Vincent’s 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...

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