William King (singer)

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William ("Wak") King (born January 30, 1949)[1][2] is an American founding member of the Commodores. In addition to being the group's choreographer, he plays trumpet, guitar, synthesizer, flute, and congas/percussion.

King was born in Birmingham, Alabama. After college, he considered playing tennis professionally but decided to continue his career with the Commodores.[1] He married his songwriting partner and fellow Grammy Award nominee, Shirley Hanna-King in 1976 and they have four children: Ryan Hanna King (actor), Adam J King (Stanford University graduate who appeared on MTV's The Real World series), Noah King (performer with newkingdomsayshi), and Leah Hanna King (singer and songwriter).[2]


  1. ^ a b William Wak King from the Commodores web site "William King". Commodoreslive.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Commodores | Biography". Lyricsfreak.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24.