Composer best known as the composer of Barnum and Bailey's Favorite and as a march music bandmaster.
He received very little formal education and began performing with a circus band at age nineteen.
He became the first-ever inductee into the Windjammers Unlimited (Circus Music Historical Society) Hall of Fame.
His son, Karl L. King, Jr., was born in 1919 and died in 1987.
Hist last published march, 1962's The Home Town Boy March, was dedicated to songwriter Meredith Wilson.