The Kingsmen (1960s)

George Semper: Keyboards, Saxophone | Johnny Johnson: Trumpet | Victor Apodaca: Bass guitar | Ernest Comagon: Saxophone | Clarence Horne: Vocals | Tom Moore: Drums

Genre: Blues & Soul, Funk, Pop

RIYL: George Semper, the Imperialites, the Chessmen

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Background:

The Kingsmen were a 1960s soul band featuring George Semper of the Imperialites and the Chessmen. They released a single in 1963 on Sarjo Records, "Monkey Walk Part 1" b/w "Monkey Walk Part 2." They later became known as George Semper's Kingsmen, after Portland's Kingsmen became famous for their 1963 hit "Louie Louie" (another unrelated San Diego Kingsmen band formed in the early 2000s)..

Semper recorded and released his own Makin' Waves album through Imperial Records, before becoming a partner in 1966 at the Jazzville nightclub on Broadway, where George Semper's Kingsmen often performed. He relocated to L.A. at the end of the sixties and founded a production company called Inner City Attractions, as well as a record label, Inner City.

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