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King Curtis & Others Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac)

Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac)
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(2012/FV) 96 tracks with 16 page booklet. With No Less Than 96 Tracks From The First 10 Years Of... more

King Curtis & Others: Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac)

(2012/FV) 96 tracks with 16 page booklet. With No Less Than 96 Tracks From The First 10 Years Of His Career Wail Man Wail! Is A Fitting Tribute To The Celebrated Saxophonist And Bandleader, King Curtis, Whose Recording Career Commenced 60 Years Ago And Was Cut Short By His Murder In 1971. Wail Man Wail! Showcases Curtis Both As Featured Artist And As Bandleader Or Session Player For A Who's Who Of R&B, Rock & Roll And Pop Legends.

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Curtis, King - Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac) CD 1
01 No More Crying On My Pillow CURTIS, King & His Tenor Sax
02 Tenor In The Sky CURTIS, King & His Tenor Sax
03 Movin' On CURTIS, King
04 Rockabye Baby CURTIS, King
05 Open Up CURTIS, King
06 King's Rock CURTIS, King
07 Dynamite At Midnight CURTIS, King
08 The Stranger CURTIS, King
09 Steel Guitar Rag CURTIS, King
10 Wicky Wacky, Part 1 CURTIS, King
11 Wicky Wacky, Part 2 CURTIS, King
12 The Count And The King CURTIS, King & Count Hastings
14 Battle Royal CURTIS, King & Count Hastings
15 Jest Smoochin' CURTIS, King & ROYAL MEN
16 Birth Of The Blues CURTIS, King & ROYAL MEN
17 Ific CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
18 You Made Me Love You CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
19 Castle Rock CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
20 Chili CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
21 Honeydripper (Part 1) CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
22 Honeydripper (Part 2) CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
23 Peter Gunn CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
24 Heavenly Blues CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
25 Restless Guitar CURTIS, King & His Orchestra
26 King Neptune's Guitar CURTIS, King
27 Beatnik Hoedown CURTIS, King
28 The Lone Prairie CURTIS COMBO, King
29 Jay Walk CURTIS COMBO, King
30 St. Louis Blues JACKSON, Sonny
31 My Babe JACKSON, Sonny
32 Hot-Rod CURTIS, King
Curtis, King - Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac) CD 2
01 I'll Be There DANIELS, Melvin & King Curtis
02 Korea, Korea KENT BAND, Bob
03 Boogie In The Moonlight (Aka Lean Chicks) DANIELS, Melvin & King Curtis
04 Work, Little Carrie, Work DOC POMUS ALL STARS
05 Woman, Woman, Woman SPARKS OF RHYTHM
06 Why Do Me That Way BURKE, Solomon
07 Mr. Bear Comes To Town MR BEAR & His Bearcats
08 If (You Want To Be My Baby) DILLARD, Varetta
09 Dee Dat Dee Dum Dum GAINES, Roy
10 Mumbles Blues BIG CONNIE
11 I'm Going Crazy TIBBS BROTHERS
12 Bamboo Rock 'N' Roll NITECAPS
13 In The Morning WASHBOARD BILL
14 Our Love Will Never End AVONS
15 Don't Push, Don't Pull, Don't Shove WILLOWS
17 I'm Going Home MICKEY & SYLVIA
18 Oh! You Sweet Girl NITECAPS
19 Rib Joint PRICE, Sam & His Texas Bluesi
20 Juicy Fruit GREENE, Rudy
21 Wail Man Wail LOWE, Sammy & His Orchestra
22 You're The One For Me GREENE, Rudy
24 Ice Cream Baby THE PEARLS
25 Handy Andy FIVE KEYS
26 Before You Go TWIN-TONES
27 Blues, Early Early (Parts 1&2) BIG MAYBELLE
28 Rack'Em Back SPRIGGS, Walter
29 The Stroll DIAMONDS
Curtis, King - Wail Man Wail! Best 1952-61 (3-CD Digipac) CD 3
01 (We're Gonna)Jump For Joy TURNER, Joe & Howard Biggs Or
02 Keep A-Driving WILLIS, Chuck
03 Crowded Classroom STROLLERS
04 The Shadow Knows COASTERS
05 Lady Love DEL-LARKS
06 Keep A Walkin' DARIN, Bobby
07 Rock And Ree-Ah-Zole BOBBETTES
08 Yakety Yak COASTERS
09 Switchen In The Kitchen PRETTY BOY & Lee Simms Orches
10 In The Mood DAVIE, Hutch
11 Just Multiply DILLARD, Varetta & Sid Bass
13 Fine Little Girl ARCADES
14 This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' BROWN, Ruth & Howard Biggs O
15 When Sin Stops JENNINGS, Waylon
16 That Is Rock & Roll COASTERS
17 I Ain't Sharin' Sharon DARIN, Bobby
18 You Gotta Learn Your Rhythm And Blues SEDAKA, Neil
19 The Lover's Curse EVERETT, Bracey
20 Charlie Brown COASTERS
21 Jole Blon JENNINGS, Waylon
22 Always TURNER, Sammy & Stan Applebau
23 Takin' Care Of Business BROWN, Ruth & Howard Biggs Or
24 Stupid Cupid SEDAKA, Neil
25 Besame Mucho (Part 2) COASTERS
26 More Juice HAMPTON, Lionel & His Orchest
27 Your Love HAMILTON, Roy
28 Madisonville (Part 1) STROLLS feat. King Curtis
29 Madisonville (Part 2) STROLLS feat. King Curtis
30 Shoppin' For Clothes COASTERS
31 Tossin' And Turnin' LEWIS, Bobby & Joe Rene Orche
32 Hearts Of Stone TOP NOTES & Teddy Randazzo Or
33 Better Forget Him SHELLS
34 Off To Work Again HARRISON, Wilbert
King Curtis & The Noble Knights " Play that one called 'Soul Twist,'” sings... more
"King Curtis & Others"

King Curtis

& The Noble Knights

"Play that one called 'Soul Twist,'” sings Sam Cooke in Having A Party, underscoring the fact that this was a pretty big hit in 1962: #1 R&B and #17 pop. It was also the first record on Bobby Robinson's Enjoy label (the label on which Robinson claims to have released the first rap record by Grandmaster Flash, although this is the subject of dispute). Robinson was an African American entrepreneur who'd signed Gladys Knight, Lee Dorsey, Wilbert Harrison, and many others to his multitude of labels, including Fire and Fury. Enjoy Records was an imprint he started in 1962 with his brother, Danny, who co-produced this record.

King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) was born in Fort Worth on February 7, 1934, and was ten when he heard the sound that would change his life. "It was Louis Jordan," he told Mike Hennessey in 1971.  "I heard him on the radio, and I told my mother that I wanted to play that instrument more than anything." Asked when he took up the sax, Curtis said May 12, 1945. Very soon, he developed his trademark staccato phrasing and was making $240 a week in the clubs—more than the principal at the school he was supposed to be attending. "I liked Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, and Sonny Stitt," Curtis said. "I also dug Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins for ballads, (Stan) Getz for facility, Charlie Parker for technique.” By the time Curtis went to New York to visit an uncle in 1952, he could play pretty, he could play tough, he could play jazz, and he could play R&B. He hired on with a package show and made his first recordings with Bob Kent in 1952 for a Prestige Records subsidiary. Soon after, he went back to Fort Worth to take up a music scholarship. Then Lionel Hampton came through town looking for a sax player.

Hamp disbanded in New York, and Curtis stayed. It wasn't long before he was called for session work. "I saw that the music was dividing,"  he told Mike Hennessey, "and I had the commercial business sense to realize that way-out jazz wasn't getting to the public."  The first contractor to use Curtis regularly was Jesse Stone, who A&R'd sessions for Groove and Atlantic. "Around 1956, Sam 'The Man' Taylor and myself were doing all the tenor work," said Curtis. "He really initiated the style, and I learned a lot from him when we both played in the Alan Freed band. I was doing around sixteen record dates a week, and getting $41.25 for a three-hour session, but I could see if I kept on that way I'd burn myself out, so I made my minimum session price one hundred dollars, and still the work kept coming in, so I cut down to eight sessions a week." Most nights, Curtis played after hours at Small's Paradise. He made a few recordings under his own name, none of which amounted to anything. Most of his tunes were grooves or shouts, but he wrote (and played on) Buddy Holly's Reminiscing and later co-wrote Soul Serenade, which has an almost Ellingtonian lyricism.

Talking to Art Turco, Bobby Robinson remembered going to see Curtis at Small's Paradise. "I found out why he had never had a hit," he said. "What was wrong was that he was doing too much honking. Every record he would blow from beginning to end. I said, 'Listen, we're going to open this one with the guitar.' He had a fit." And so Soul Twist featured Billy Butler (the guitarist on Honky Tonk) and organist Paul Griffin, and after playing on more hits than he could count, King Curtis finally had a #1 R&B hit with his own name on it.

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