Curtis Ousley, 7 February 1934, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1971, New York City, New York, USA. A respected saxophonist and session musician, Curtis appeared on countless releases, including those as disparate as Buddy Holly and Andy Williams. He is, however, best recalled for his work on Atlantic Records. A former member of Lionel Hamptons band, Curtis moved to New York and quickly became an integral part of its studio system. He also scored a number 1 US R&B single, Soul Twist, billed as King Curtis And The Noble Knights. The same group switched to Capitol Records, but the leader took a solo credit on later hits The Monkey (1963) and Soul Serenade (1964). Curtis continued his session work with the Coasters, the Shirelles and Herbie Mann, while releases on Atco Records, backed by the Kingpins, progressively established his own career. Several were simply funky instrumental versions of current hits, but his...
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