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Earl King - Blues Guitarist, vocalist (1934 - 2003) Earl King, a native of New Orleans, was a flamboyant performer, singing with bluesy ease and playing guitar solos that curled and sliced across the rolling New Orleans beat. He recorded hundreds of songs that were rooted in both the 12-bar blues and New Orleans lore, with lyrics that could tell wry, compressed stories or come up with wild-eyed imagery. While Earl King performed widely, his songs also traveled by way of other musicians: Jimi Hendrix, who recorded King's ''Come On'' as ''Let the Good Times Roll,'' the Meters, who recorded ''Trick Bag,'' and Professor Longhair, who played piano and had the performer credit on the original 1964 version of King's ''Big Chief,'' although it featured King's vocals and whistling

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Roomful of Blues Celebrates 45 Years with New CD & Live Performance in New Hope

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, have released their new live CD, 45 LIVE, and will perform at Havana in New Hope on Friday, October 18, 2013. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. The group has earned ...

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Roomful Of Blues to Release "45 Live" July 30

In celebration of their 45th anniversary, Roomful of Blues, the jumping, swinging, rocking, award-winning band, will release their new live CD, 45 LIVE, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. For the recording, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. They packed ...

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Roomful of Blues to Perform in Sellersville March 9

The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band, Roomful of Blues, touring in support of their latest Alligator CD Hook, Line & Sinker, will perform live at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of ...

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Roomful of Blues to Perform in Monroeville, NJ

The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band, Roomful of Blues, touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, Hook, Line & Sinker, will perform live at Camp Jam in the Pines in Monroeville on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted ...

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Roomful of Blues to Perform in Sellersville March 9

The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band, Roomful of Blues, touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, Hook, Line & Sinker, will perform live at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Friday, March 9, 2012. Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of ...

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Roomful of Blues Celebrates New Release in Sellersville

"Excellent...marvelous wall-to-wall grooves—between the wicked guitar work and the brassy horn section, things never stop swinging."—USA TODAY The horn-fueled, jumping, swinging, award-winning band Roomful of Blues, touring in support of their new Alligator CD Hook, Line & Sinker, will perform live at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Friday, January 21, 2011. Roomful of Blues, according ...

Album

New Orleans Blues

Label: Tomato Records
Released: 2005

Album

Come On: The Complete Imperial Recordings

Label: Okra-Tone Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Love Me Now 2. The Things That I Used to Do 3. Come On (parts 1 and 2) 4. You

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Article: Album Review

Earl King: Come On: The Complete Imperial Recordings

Read "Come On: The Complete Imperial Recordings" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan


With his recent passing, the career and importance of Earl King is an appropriate topic for examination. Earl King was born Earl Johnson. He was one of the important personalities of the distinctive New Orleans sound that was developed and recorded in the 1950’s, helping to define both rock and roll and R&B. Other artists of ...


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