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Karl King

Karl L. King (February 21, 1891 – February 19, 1971) was a United States march music bandmaster and composer. He is best known as the composer of "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 21, 1891 (Paintersville), Died March 31, 1971 (Fort Dodge)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-19683 10-in. 5/6/1917 Alpine sunset Karl King Band Band conductor, composer  
Victor B-19684 10-in. 5/6/1917 The huntress march Karl King Band Band composer, conductor  
Victor B-19694 10-in. 5/6/1917 Moonlight on the Nile Karl King Band Band composer, conductor  
Victor B-19695 10-in. 5/6/1917 Barnum and Bailey's favorite march Karl King Band Band composer, conductor  
Victor BVE-36719 10-in. 10/15/1926 Barnum and Bailey's favorite American Legion Official Band ; James A. Melichar Band composer  
Victor BVE-62431 10-in. 5/25/1930 Pageantry Merle Evans ; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band Band, with calliope composer  
Victor BS-026602 10-in. 8/15/1938 Indiana, our Indiana Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-1723 10-in. 10/14/1947 Purple pageant Lester Loucks ; Spring Garden Band Band composer  
Columbia 81566 10-in. 2/15/1924 The joy riders Harmony Military Band Band composer  
OKeh S-70429 10-in. Jan. 1922 Cyrus the Great Arthur H. Hoffman ; Mecca Temple Shrine Band of New York Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "King, Karl," accessed December 10, 2023,

King, Karl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2023, from

"King, Karl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 December 2023.

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