King Curtis

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Birthday
7, 1934
Birthplace
Fort Worth, TX
Death Date
Apr 13, 1971 (37)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
7, 1934
Birthplace
Fort Worth, TX
Death Date
Apr 13, 1971 (37)

About

Saxophone virtuoso who recorded in numerous styles, from jazz to soul. He was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2000.

Before Fame

He was a talented student with interests in R&B and jazz, leading him to turn down scholarship offers and instead join the Lionel Hampton Band.

Trivia

His distinctive solo on "Yakety Yak" inspired Boots Randolph's own take on it, "Yakety Sax," which became the signature piece of the Benny Hill Show.

Family Life

He was raised in Fort Worth by an adoptive family. His sister was also adopted.

Associated With

He performed the saxophone solo on John Lennon's track "It's So Hard" off the 1971 album Imagine.