King Ernest Baker

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"King Ernest" Baker
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
Genres Soul, R&B, blues
Occupation(s) Singer

"King" Ernest Baker (May 30, 1939 – March 5, 2000)[1] was an American blues and soul singer. He recorded "I Feel Alright" and "That's When I Woke Up."[1] Baker was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and died in a car crash in 2000,[1] 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.[2]

He became a popular Chicago club attraction, and performed variously with Tyrone Davis, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • King of Hearts - Evidence 26084-2 (1997)[6]
  • Blues Got Soul - Fat Possum Records, 80334-2 (2001)[5]

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