Friday At The Fillmore ~ King Curtis ~ “Soul Serenade”

Written by Luther Dixon and King Curtis.
Recorded March 5–7, 1971 at the Fillmore West
Released August 1971

Originally released off his 1964 album Soul Serenade

King Curtis – Saxophone
Cornell Dupree – Electric guitar
Jerry Jemmot – Bass guitar
Pancho Morales – Congas
Billy Preston – Electric Organ
Bernard Purdie – Drums
Truman Thomas – Electric piano

The Memphis Horns:

Jack Hale – Trombone
Roger Hopps – Trumpet
Wayne Jackson – Lead, Trumpet
Andrew Love – Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Mitchell – Baritone Saxophone

Born Curtis Ousley February 7, 1934 this man made a lot of music from 1959. He started his career with the Lionel Hampton Band. And from his time with Hampton learned to write and arrange music along with also learning the guitar. Curtis passed up college scholarships to join this band. All the artists that this man played with then forming his own session players you can read for yourself. A grand group indeed.

Buddy Holly, Andy Williams and into Aretha Franklin’s back up band “The Kingpins” and it would be them that would open for The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965.

The rest is history. And King Curtis made his mark in that history. Sadly a week after this Fillmore album was released Curtis was stabbed to death on Aug. 13.

Thankfully through his music the talent lives on.




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2 responses to “Friday At The Fillmore ~ King Curtis ~ “Soul Serenade”

  1. was he married and did he leave a family behind,,,such a sad thing, i dearly loved his music,,,,probably one of the BEST of all times…..

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