King Pleasure

Clarence Beeks

Also known as K. Pleasure, King (Moody's Mood For Love) Pleasure, Pleasure

Discography of King Pleasure:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Source 21 Audio 1972 Prestige
2 I'm In The Mood For Love (Moody's Mood For Love) / Red Top 2 Audio 1984 Original Jazz Classics
3 I'm In The Mood For Love 2 Audio 1952 Prestige
4 Mr. Jazz 9 Audio 1968 Solid State Records (2)
5 I'm In The Mood For Love/Don't Get Scared 2 Audio United Artists Records
6 Don't Get Scared / Funk Junction 2 Audio 1955 Prestige
7 I'm In The Mood For Love 2 Audio 1963 United Artists Records
8 Golden Days 9 Audio 1960
9 Mr. Jazz 9 Audio 1962 United Artists Jazz
10 King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings 12 Audio 1958 Prestige
11 King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings 16 Audio 1992
12 King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings 12 Audio Prestige
13 Moody's Mood For Love 18 Audio 1992 Blue Note
14 King Pleasure 9 Audio 1972 Archive Of Folk & Jazz Music
15 Mr. Jazz 9 Audio 1962 United Artists Jazz
16 The Source 21 Audio 1972 Prestige
17 The Source 21 Audio 1972
18 Golden Days 9 Audio 1991
19 I'm In The Mood For Love 2 Audio 1963 United Artists Records
20 I'm In The Mood For Love / That Old Black Magic 2 Audio United Artists Records
21 King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings 12 Audio 1985 Prestige


Jazz vocalist and an early master of vocalese, where a singer sings words to a famous instrumental solo.

Born : March 24, 1922 in Oakdale, Tennessee.

Died : March 21, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.



King Pleasure first achieved popularity by singing the Eddie Jefferson vocalese classic "Moody's Mood for Love," based on a James Moody saxophone solo to "I'm in the Mood for Love". Pleasure's recording in 1952 is considered a jazz classic. He cites Jefferson as an influence and predecessor. He and Betty Carter also recorded a famous vocalese version of "Red Top," a jazz classic penned by Kansas Citian Ben Kynard and recorded by Gene Ammons and others.


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