Curtis Ousley Is King
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 7, 1934, Curtis Ousley began playing the saxophone at age twelve, taking interest in jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music. Determined to become a professional musician, he declined scholarships and instead played with Lionel Hampton’s and Horace Silver’s jazz bands. In 1952, Ousley moved to New York where he became a session musician for a number of record labels. Using the stage name King Curtis, he became known as a skilled and versatile musician, particularly a virtuoso saxophonist adept in the genres of blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and rock & roll. The late 50’s and early 60’s saw King Curtis working with rock & roll acts such as Buddy Holly (“Reminiscing”) and The Coasters (“Yakety Yak”), while also releasing his best known songs, “Soul Twist” and “Soul Serenade”. In 1965 he began recording for Atlantic Records where he…
Jimi and Mick Behind The Scenes
A backstage jam between Jimi Hendrix and then-guitarist of The Rolling Stone, Mick Taylor, was captured by Ethan Russel at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 1969.
Buddy Guy Erupts On “Look Over Yonder Wall”
In 1987, the Kentucky Education Television captured the legendary Buddy Guy in an utterly explosive performance of the James “Beale Street” Clark classic “Look Over Yonder’s Wall”. The renowned Chicago bluesman even took the time to involve the crowd in a portion of Robert Johnson’s beloved “Sweet Home Chicago” before he resumed his smoldering fretwork.
Robert Cray Mourns His Last Regret
Multiple Grammy-winning blues musician Robert Cray can be seen performing his jazz-tinged blues number“My Last Regret” on an episode (entitled Roots: The Blues) of Ramsey Louis’ Legends of Jazz in 2006.
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