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R&B Pioneer Carlton "King" Coleman

Updated on September 11, 2012

Just Who was R&B Pioneer Carlton "King" Coleman?

Mr. Coleman, who died on September 11, 2010, was a real pioneer in American rhythm and blues. Carlton "King" Coleman was 78. He will probably be the remembered for providing the lead vocals on the 1959 hit "(Do the) Mashed Potatoes" -- recorded with James Brown's band.

Coleman released his own singles which included "Mashed Potato Man" and "The Boo Boo Song". He performed with other rhythm and blues legend like B.B. King and Jackie Wilson.

I remember doing "The Mashed Potato" dance when I was a 'tween in the sixties. Do you? If so, then you are probably retired and spend more time eating mashed potatoes than dancing!

The album cover shown here, It's Dance Timeby King Coleman can be purchased on Amazon by clicking the title.

Don't Know about Rhythm and Blues?

African American Music from the 40's

Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B, is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s.[1] The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular.

To read more, go to Rhythm & Blues on Wiki.

Listen to King Coleman sing "Alley Rat":

Find a song by King Coleman to dance to on Amazon! - You could just buy Coleman's entire album!

James Brown was the first to "(Do The) Mashed Potato"! - soul music with the help of King Coleman!

The recording of "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes" arose out of James Brown's success in using the dance of the same name as part of his stage show. .... (Do The) Mashed Potatoes" was recorded with Brown playing the piano and shouting the song's title. To prevent Brown's voice from being recognized, Stone overdubbed shouted vocals by Carlton "King" Coleman, a local radio DJ, onto the recording, though Brown's voice remains audible in the background. Read more on Wiki by clicking here.

The Brit group "the Undertakers" covered (Do The) Mashed Potato - listen to the R and B mashed potato song here:

This group did a decent job of covering the R&B song. R&B (rhythm and blues) is a genre of popular African American music that originated in the 1940s.

I danced to this "Mashed Potato" song from DeeDee Sharp! - Mashed PotatoTime!

Not exactly King Coleman, but hey, I am no expert on R&B.

Leave a comment and get rewarded---knowing that you have made me smile! I am not much of a contemporary R&B fan, but I did like the classic rhythm and blues I grew up listening to on the radio. R&B influenced such groups as the Beatles and the Stones. How did it influence you?

Did you "mash potato" in the 60's? - Or are you just a fan of legendary R&B music?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love R&B and every chance i get to read about an R&B icon.