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Today’s Memory – King Curtis

King Curtis

February 7, 1934, Texas – August 13, 1971, New York

Curtis Ousley, who performed under the stage name King Curtis, was an American saxophone virtuoso known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz.

Variously a bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer. Adept at tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone , he was best known for his distinctive riffs and solos such as on Yakety Yak and his own Memphis Soul Stew.

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