King Ernest Baker

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"King Ernest" Baker
Birth name Ernest Leon Baker
Also known as King Ernest
Born (1939-05-30)May 30, 1939
Natchez, Mississippi, United States
Died March 5, 2000(2000-03-05) (aged 60)
Santa Maria, California, United States[1]
Genres Soul, R&B, blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Associated acts Yvonne Jones

"King" Ernest Baker (May 30, 1939 – March 5, 2000)[2] was an American blues and soul singer. He recorded "I Feel Alright" and "That's When I Woke Up."[2] Baker was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and died in a car crash in 2000,[2] just after finishing recording an album.

Career[edit]

His first professional outing was in 1958 with Byther Smith at Wynn's Lounge in Chicago, Illinois. Baker credited Smith with giving him his start as a professional.[3]

He became a popular Chicago club attraction, and performed variously with Tyrone Davis, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf.[4] His shows were quite exuberant and gained him a reputation in Chicago and New York. And with his dancing, comparisons were made to James Brown and Jackie Wilson.[5] The labels he recorded for were, Barry in New York and in Chicago, Sonic, Funk, Mercury and Blue Soul.[6]

Due to some disappointments in his career he got a job with the Sheriffs department. He stayed there for 14 years until retiring at 55, and then returned to show business.[3] May 16, 1996 King Ernest and The Wildcats played a blues show, promoted by Michael Kauffer, "Sweet Thursday" in Ventura, CA.

In 2000, Baker had just finished recording his second album, Blues Got Soul.[7] He had a listen to the CD on March 2, and a few days later while on his way back to Los Angeles he was killed in a car crash, near to Santa Maria, California on Highway 101.[8]

Discography[edit]

Singles
Act Title Release info Year Notes
King Ernest "I Feel Alright" / "Hold It Baby" Barry 1005 1966 [9]
Candy Man and the Candy Bars
featuring King Ernest & Yvonne
"Voodoo Man" / "Be My Guy" Roulette ‎4707 1966 [10]
King Ernest & Yvonne Jones
with Candy Man and the Candy Bars
"Strangers In The Night" / "Harlem Moods" R Records 45-1513 Side 2 credited to Candy Man and the Candy Bars[11][12]
King Earnest "The Soul Stroke (Can You Handle It)" / "The Soul Stroke" Sonic RC-1000-1 1970 [13]
King Ernest Baker "Somebody Somewhere (Is Playing With Yours)" / (Instr) Funk Records 1971 [14]
King Ernest Baker "I Can't Turn You A Loose" / "That's When I Woke Up" Supreme Records [15]
Ernest Baker "Alone Again" / "Do It With The Feeling (Pt.1)" Blue Soul 1010 1975 [16][17]
Earnest King "I Can't Turn It A Loose" / "You Gonna Miss Me" "LK" Records ‎LK7 1976 [18]
Ernest Baker "Alone Again" / "Do It With The Feeling" Grapevine 2000 G2K 45-110 2001 [19]
King Ernest "Must Have Lost My Mind (Radio Edit)"
"Must Have Lost My Mind (Extended Version)" / "Rock Me In Your Arms"
Grapevine GSX 5004 2002 12" 33RPM[20]



Albums
Act Title Release info Year F Notes
Ernest Baker Do It With The Feeling" LP [21][22]
King Ernest King of Hearts Evidence 26084-2 1997 CD [23]
King Ernest Blues Got Soul Fat Possum Records 80334-2 2001 CD [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Blues Encyclopedia, edited by Edward Komara, Peter Lee - Page 571 KING ERNEST
  2. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed October 3, 2011
  3. ^ a b Blues Access The Second Time Around
  4. ^ Orlando Sentinel, September 8, 2000 - A Royal Marriage Of Blues, Soul From Gutsy `King' Ernest Baker by Parry Gettelman
  5. ^ PopMatters - King Ernest, Blues Got Soul By Barbara Flaska
  6. ^ The Blues Encyclopedia, edited by Edward Komara, Peter Lee - Page 571 KING ERNEST
  7. ^ All About Jazz, October 1, 2000 - King Ernest: Blues Got Soul By Edd Kopp
  8. ^ a b The Inland Empire Blues Society, Reviewed January, 2001 - King ernest - Blues Got Soul - Review, Quotes by: Gary Chiachi, Long Beach Blues Festival Producer
  9. ^ 45Cat - King Ernest - Discography
  10. ^ Discogs - Candy Man and the Candy Bars Discography
  11. ^ Roots Vinyl Guide - King Ernest & Yvonne Jones/Candy Man & The Candybars" R Records 7" Promo Single
  12. ^ Collectors Frenzy - NORTHERN SOUL 45 King Ernest & Yvonne Jones-Strangers In The Night-R M- HEAR
  13. ^ Discogs - King Ernest Discography, Singles & EPs
  14. ^ 45Cat - King Ernest Baker - Discography
  15. ^ Popsike - King Ernest Baker I Can't Turn You Aloose Supreme 70's soul / funk 45 HEAR
  16. ^ Discogs - Ernest Baker Discography Singles & EPs
  17. ^ Funk-o-logy.com - Ernest Baker ‎– Alone Again / Do It With Feeling
  18. ^ Discogs - King Ernest Discography, Singles & EPs
  19. ^ 45Cat - Ernest Baker - Discography
  20. ^ Discogs - King Ernest Discography, Singles & EPs
  21. ^ Discogs - Ernest Baker Discography Singles & EPs
  22. ^ Funk-o-logy.com - Ernest Baker ‎– Alone Again / Do It With Feeling
  23. ^ Jazz Times, 05/01/1997 - King Ernest Baker King of Hearts By Bill Milkowski

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