King Curtis & The Kingpin’s – Memphis Soul Stew [1967]

I still remember the day my old man dug this out and I was old enough to understand just how incredible a track it is. Its a masterclass in how to throw a track together, with some of the best artists in the business. Probably the best know track from King Curtis, its got some of the best bassline, horn and break combinations of any Soul track of the time. The look on my fathers face the day he slapped this on the table was priceless. Its probably the same look ive got right now 🙂 YEAH!

Somewhat sadly, four years after this was released, Curtis was murdered on the steps of his NY apartment by a couple of junkies. [1]On the day of his funeral Atlantic Records closed their offices. Jesse Jackson administered the service and as the mourners filed in, Curtis’s band ‘The Kingpins’ played “Soul Serenade”. Amongst those attending were Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, Brook Benton and Duane Allman.[11] Franklin sang the closing spiritual “Never Grow Old” and Stevie Wonder performed “Abraham, Martin & John and now King Curtis” (*1* taken from Wikipedia)

King Curtis & The Kingpins performing Memphis Soul Stew live

From Wikipedia
Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934 – August 13, 1971), who performed under the name King Curtis, was an American tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist and session musician who played rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, funk and soul jazz. He was also a musical director and record producer. He was best known for his distinctive sax riffs and solos such as on “Yakety Yak”, which later became the inspiration for Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax” and his own “Memphis Soul Stew”.

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