Don King (musician)

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Don King
Birth name Donald Alan King[1]
Born (1954-05-04) May 4, 1954 (age 60)[2]
Origin Fremont, Nebraska, USA
Genres Country, Nashville Sound
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, trumpet
Years active 1976-?
Labels Con Brio, Epic, Readio Theatre
Associated acts Tammy Wynette, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Sawyer Brown

Donald Alan "Don" King (born May 4, 1954, in Fremont, Nebraska) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and trumpeter. In the 1970s and 1980s, he recorded a total of four major label albums, and charted more than fifteen hit singles on the Billboard country music charts.

Early career[edit]

His first job was at a Quality Inn Hotel club in Nashville in 1974, where he was able to make valuable connections. He signed with Con Brio Records and in 1976 his song "Cabin High (In the Blue Ridge Mountains)" placed him on the charts. In 1977 he reached the Top 20 with "I've Got You to Come Home To", after which he released his first album, Dreams 'n Things. His second album, Feelings So Right, (1978) yielded four Top 30 hits. In 1979, the single "Lonely Hotel" reached the Top 40. After two more hits in 1980 he began touring with well-known artists, such as Alabama, Reba McEntire, John Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, and Tammy Wynette. In 1981, he reached the Top 40 twice, first with his cover of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" and then with "The Closer You Get." That same year he released his third album, Whirlwind.

Later years[edit]

By the end of 1981, he had launched the Don King Music Group, a recording studio, with his father. In 1985 they built a 24-track studio to record demos. In 1992, they added a video production company. In late 2007, GMV Nashville released two albums on King, and in 2008 they released two more many including un-released tracks.

Since 2007 Don King has been performing with The Road Crew 'America's Route 66 Band.' The Road Crew received the first time ever Bobby Troup Artistic Achievement Award presented by the International Route 66 Association. The band are the official musical ambassadors of The Mother Road. [1] His Road Crew bandmates are Woody Bomar, Jason Harmon and (songwriting partner) Joe Loesch.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Country Label
1975 Dreams 'n Things 42 Con Brio Records
1978 The Feelings So Right
1980 Lonely Hotel Epic
1981 Whirlwind
2006 Hymns of Faith Radio Theatre
2007 Don King Collection Vol.1 GMV Nashville
Don King Collection Vol.2
2008 Thanks to You
Days of You and Me

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Country Album
1976 "Cabin High (In the Blue Ridge Mountains)" 78 Dreams and Things
1977 "I've Got You (To Come Home To)" 16
"She's the Girl of My Dreams" 17
"I Must Be Dreaming" 41
1978 "Music Is My Woman" 29 The Feelings So Right
"Don't Make No Promises (You Can't Keep)" 29
"The Feelings So Right Tonight" 26
1979 "You Were Worth Waiting For" 28
"Live Entertainment" 39
"I've Got Country Music in My Soul" 73
1980 "Lonely Hotel" 40 Lonely Hotel
"Here Comes That Feeling Again" 32
"Take This Heart" 44
1981 "I Still Miss Someone" 38 Whirlwind
"The Closer You Get" 27
1982 "Running on Love" 40
"Maximum Security (To Minimum Wage)" 64 singles only
1986 "All We Had Was One Another" 71
1988 "Can't Stop the Music" 86

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don King biography". MyStrands.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Don King biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-02-28.