William Morgan Bill King is a pianist, composer, publisher and producer. He was born on June 22, 1946 in Jefferson, Indiana, U.S.A. King began his career performing with local community orchestras and big bands in New York, in 1966. He was a member of The Shadows in 1966.
King relocated to Toronto for the first time in 1969, signing a recording contract with Capitol Records. He released two albums over the next few years entitled ‘Goodbye Superdad’ and ‘Dixie Peach’ in 1973 and 1974 respectively.
He returned to Los Angeles in 1976 as Music Director for vocalist Martha Reeves. While on a European tour with Reeves, he was persuaded to join The Pointer Sisters and spent the next year touring Japan and the U.S as their Music Director. In 1977 he also played piano for the saxophone player Sonny Criss on the album "Joy Of Sax". He also collaborated with other saxophone player John Handy and the gospel group Mighty Clouds Of Joy.
He moved back to Toronto permanently in the late ‘70s to form the rock group Kearney, King, and McBride (later known as ‘China’) and recorded a self-titled album for Epic/CBS.
In 1980 he released a single on Change Records from Canada. Both tracks included are entitled "Love And Affection" and "Summer Heat (Symphonic Reggae)". Both tracks are exceptional. They were written by himself. The first track "Love And Affection" is a nice track with vocals and very nice solo sax.
By 1984, after a year-long stint with Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, King launched his first independent jazz label known as Night Passage Records, recording several successful albums on that label over the ensuing four years. He also issued one release on Gaia Records (‘Magnolia Nights’). During the mid ‘80s, King began a career as a jazz broadcaster first at Toronto’s Q-107 and Q-Jazz, then creating ‘The Jazz Report’ which ran for almost three years at CIUT-FM, then nationally as ‘The Jazz Report Radio Network’ which was heard in 26 cities from 1989 to 1991. Bill also hosted and produced “Jazz Preview” a weekly show on Jazz FM for 4 ½ years. During that time he also produced and engineered Joe Sealy’s duets as well as acting as co-producer for Jazz FM Sound of Toronto series. In 1987, he established a parallel career as a publisher and record company president with partner Greg Sutherland, founding ‘The Jazz Report‘ Magazine. The duo went on to begin the Radioland record label in 1992, signing a major manufacturing and distribution deal with Verve/Polygram Canada a year later.
In 1989 he released an album called "Magnolia Knights"on Gaia Records.
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