37-year-old session musician and saxophone extraodinaire
'King Curtis' was stabbed to death
while arguing with a pair of drug dealers he discovered
on the steps outside his Manhattan apartment
August 13th of 1971
Curtis Ousley aka King Curtis
bandleader, band member, session musician,
musical director and record producer
Curtis was an American saxophone virtuoso
known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll,
soul, blues, funk and soul jazz born February 7, 1934
Curtis took inspiration from saxophonists Lester Young,
Louis Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, Earl Bostic, and Gene Ammons
Curtis was adept at
soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone
Best known for his distinctive riffs and solos
Such as on "Yakety Yak"
which later became the inspiration
for Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax"
and his own "Memphis Soul Stew"
King Curtis opened for The Beatles
during their 1965 premier performance at Shea Stadium
King Curtis was a session musician
recording Prestige, Enjoy, Capitol, and Atco labels
King Curtis joined many bands and musicians
in the recording studio and on stage...
The King Pins
Champion Jack Dupree
and many more
Played Bill Graham's Fillmore West
was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
on March 6, 2000