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Pat King

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Patrick John King (1944 – January 25, 2022)[1] also known as Speedy King, was a Scottish bassist, best known for his association with Manfred Mann's Earth Band.


King was born in Aberdeen in 1944 and raised in Fraserburgh, Scotland.

After attending Art College for a few years he turned his attention to music and played in several local bands in Aberdeen before moving to London. He played briefly with The Luvvers, the former Lulu backing group before eventually joining a band called Trifle, which at one time became Lulu's backing group on occasion. After a stint as a croupier at the London Playboy club, King, between 1975 & 1976, joined the supergroup Shanghai, (which released two albums, in 1974 and 1976), featuring Mick Green, Cliff Bennett, Pete Kircher and Brian Alterman.[2] King also was engaged as a session musician, most notably on the early hits of Billy Ocean: "Love Really Hurts Without You", "Red Light Spells Danger", "L.O.D. ( Love on Delivery )" and others.

King is best known as the bass guitar player for Manfred Mann's Earth Band between 1977 and 1982.[3] King replaced founding member Colin Pattenden, who left the band in 1977. He is featured on the albums Watch, Angel Station and Chance.

Although leaving the band in 1982, King retained close ties. From 1991 to 2013, he was the band's lighting designer, until retiring to Olvera, Andalucía in December 2013.

King devoted much of his time to photography and playing in a chirigota group – Los Mochuelos – as well as DJ in a local rap band – El Clan del Sur. He became part of a duo – Pete and Peto (his Spanish nickname, which means dungarees, for an obvious reason) playing blues and rock standards.


King died on January 25, 2022, from an illness.


  1. ^ "Patrick King". Trifle Music. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  2. ^ Clarke, Donald (1989) The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Viking, p. 98
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Bish Bash Books; 5th concise edition, ISBN 978-1846098567, entry for "Manfred Mann's Earth Band"

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