Earl King

Earl King | Public domain | tc308

Earl Silas Johnson IV (Earl King) was an important figure in New Orleans music, and was born on February 7, 1934 and died on April 17, 2003 of complications arising from diabetes. He took up guitar at the age of 15. He made his first recording in 1953 under the name of Earl Johnson. By 1960 he was working with famed producer and writer Dave Bartholomew. He is the writer of “Do Re Mi” which was popularised by Lee Dorsey.

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