Boy, was Earl King ever entrenched in the New Orleans music scene of the fifties. The first talent contest that he entered, at age fifteen, was emceed by Ernie K-Doe. His guitar teachers were Guitar Slim and Huey "Piano" Smith(!). His mom, known as "Big Chief", and was the inspiration behind his song of the same name, famously recorded by Professor Longhair. On his first record he was backed by Huey Smith and Lee Allen. His second had both of them, and Earl Palmer on drums. That, admittedly, is cherry picking a lengthy profile. You should read his whole story over at The Hound Blog.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Earl King - Trick Bag mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Earl King - Fly High mp3 at RnB 45
Earl King - Everybody's Carried Away mp3 at RnB 45
Earl King - Mother's Love mp3 at Snuhthing Anything
Earl King - Profile at The Hound Blog