Mark King

Bassist + Musician + Singer
Born Oct 20, 1958

Mark King is an English musician. He is most famous for being the lead singer and bassist of the band, Level 42. In the early 1980s King popularized the 1970s-era slap and pop style for playing the bass guitar by incorporating it into pop music.

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1958 Birth Born on October 20, 1958.


1974 15 Years Old In 1974, when he was fifteen, King met a rival Isle of Wight drummer - his future Level 42 bandmate Phil Gould, who remembers that the young King "came and sat in with the band that I formed, at one of the gigs we were doing. … Read More


1979 20 Years Old King moved to London at the age of 19, subsequently forming Level 42 in 1979 with Phil Gould, keyboard player Mike Lindup and Phil's guitarist brother Boon. … Read More
1984 25 Years Old In 1984, he released his first solo album, Influences followed by One Man in 1998. … Read More
1988 29 Years Old Just prior to his divorce from his wife, Pia, King moved back to his native Isle of Wight in 1988. … Read More


1996 37 Years Old In 1996, King briefly used Fender basses. … Read More


1999 40 Years Old Also in 1999, King used two GB Spitfire basses, handmade in England by Bernie Goodfellow.
2000 41 Years Old King sold the pub in 2000 and it has since become a pub franchise operating in the coastal towns of southern England. … Read More


2010 51 Years Old He was also a performer at The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2010 and 2011. … Read More
2012 53 Years Old As of 2012, King is still the Level 42 frontman and plays a number of festival dates with co-founder, former band member and keyboard player, Mike Lindup. … Read More
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