King Curtis Ousley

Birth Name:
Curtis Montgomery
Birth Date:
February 7, 1934
Birth Place:
Fort Worth, Texas
Death Date:
November 13, 1971
Place of Death:
50 W. 86th Street, Manhattan, New York
Cause of Death:
Homicide - stabbed to death
Cemetery Name:
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Playing the saxophone when he was 12, King Curtis turned down college scholarships in order to join the Lionel Hampton Band and in 1952 moved to New York to become a session musician where he recorded Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, Buddy Holly, Andy Williams, The Coasters, The Five Keys, Aretha Franklin and many more. His saxophone virtuosity was widely admired in rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz. King Curtis and his band, The Kingpins, backed Aretha Franklin. Curtis was stabbed to death by Juan Montanez, a vagrant drug addict on the front steps of his New York home on August 13, 1971. He was only 37.

Fun Fact

King Curtis last recording session was with John Lennon.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pinelawn Memorial Park

2030 Wellwood Avenue

Farmingdale, New York, 11735


North America

Grave Location:

Forsythia Court, Row 15, Tier D, West End



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