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King Pleasure

voc, 1922-1981 US, Oakdale, Tennessee
Singer of Jazz
A.k.a. Clarence Beeks

Jazz vocalist and an early master of vocalese, where a singer sings words to a famous instrumental solo. Born : March 24, 1922 in Oakdale, Tennessee. Died : March 21, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. King Pleasure first achieved popularity by singing the Eddie Jefferson vocalese classic "Moody's Mood for Love," based on a James Moody saxophone solo to "I'm in the Mood for Love". Pleasure's recording in 1952 is considered a jazz classic. He cites Jefferson as an influence and predecessor. He and Betty Carter also recorded a famous vocalese version of "Red Top," a jazz classic penned by Kansas Citian Ben Kynard and recorded by Gene Ammons and others.

        
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Moody's Mood for Love on Golden Days by King Pleasure
I'm In The Mood For Love - 1962 Version / Stereo on Moody's Mood For Love by King Pleasure
D.B. Blues on Moody's Mood For Love by King Pleasure
Parker's Mood on Greatest Male Jazz Vocals by Various Artists
Swan Blues on Moody's Mood For Love by King Pleasure
Jazz Jump on Moody's Mood For Love by King Pleasure
Golden Days on Golden Days by King Pleasure
The New Symphony Sid on Golden Days by King Pleasure
Tomorrow Is Another Day on Golden Days by King Pleasure
All of Me on Golden Days by King Pleasure

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Exclamation BluesKing Pleasure2014Single
The Ecstasy Of King PleasureKing Pleasure2013Album
Moody's Mood For LoveKing Pleasure1997Compil.
Moody's Mood For LoveKing Pleasure1992Compil.
King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross SingsKing Pleasure / Annie Ross1987Album
King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross SingsKing Pleasure / Annie Ross1986Compil.
King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross SingsKing Pleasure / Annie Ross1979Compil.
The SourceKing Pleasure1972Compil.
Original Moody's MoodKing Pleasure1968Compil.
I'm In The Mood For LoveKing Pleasure1964Single
I'm In The Mood For Love / Don't Get ScaredKing Pleasure1963Single
Mean To MeKing Pleasure1962Single
Mr. JazzKing Pleasure1962Album
Golden DaysKing Pleasure1960Album
Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Parker's MoodKing Pleasure1960Single
King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross SingsKing Pleasure / Annie Ross1958Compil.
King Pleasure SingsKing Pleasure1958Single
(King Pleasure Interpretation Of Old Black Magic) Diaper PinKing Pleasure1956Single
(King Pleasure Interpretation Of Old Black Magic) Diaper PinKing Pleasure1956Album
I'm Gone / You're CryingKing Pleasure / The Quincy Jones Big Band1955Album
Don't Get Scared / Funk JunctionKing Pleasure Sings With Jon Hendricks / The Quincy Jones Big Band1955Single
Parker's Mood / What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm SorryKing Pleasure1954Album
King Pleasure SIngsKing Pleasure1954Album
Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Red TopKing Pleasure1953Album
King Pleasure SingsKing Pleasure1953Single
I'm In The Mood For LoveKing Pleasure1952Single
Moody Mood For Love / Exclamation BluesKing Pleasure With Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra1952Album
Jumpin' With Symphony Sid / Red TopKing Pleasure1952Single
Doodlin'Dave Lambert Singers, King PleasureCompil.
I'm In The Mood For Love / That Old Black MagicKing PleasureSingle
I'm In The Mood For Love (Moody's Mood For Love)/The New Symphony SidKing PleasureSingle
Red TopKing PleasureSingle
Mr. JazzKing PleasureAlbum
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