King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 1997
|Birth name||Earl Silas Johnson IV|
|Also known as||Pearl King (as songwriter)|
|Born||February 7, 1934|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Died||April 17, 2003(aged 69)|
|Genres||New Orleans blues, New Orleans R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Savoy, Specialty, Ace, Imperial, Kansu, Sonet, Black Top|
|Associated acts||Guitar Slim, Allen Toussaint, the Meters, Roomful of Blues|
If everything gets too serious for me on the album, I get kinda bored. I've got to have some kind of jovial things in there.
I'm a writer, so whatever gymnastics jump through my head, I write about it.
Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs.