Mark King
Mark King
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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5 killed in plane crash south of Bakersfield, authorities say
LATimes - about 1 year
Five people were killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in an almond orchard south of Bakersfield, authorities said. The victims’ bodies were recovered from the crash scene in the orchard near Panama Lane and Buena Vista Road, said Sgt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. ...
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5 killed in plane crash south of Bakersfield, authorities say
LATimes - about 1 year
Five people were killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in an almond orchard south of Bakersfield, authorities said. The victims’ bodies were recovered from the crash scene in the orchard near Panama Lane and Buena Vista Road, said Sgt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. ...
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5 killed in plane crash south of Bakersfield, authorities say
LATimes - about 1 year
Five people were killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in an almond orchard south of Bakersfield, authorities said. The victims’ bodies were recovered from the crash scene in the orchard near Panama Lane and Buena Vista Road, said Sgt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. ...
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5 killed in plane crash south of Bakersfield, authorities say
LATimes - about 1 year
Five people were killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in an almond orchard south of Bakersfield, authorities said. The victims’ bodies were recovered from the crash scene in the orchard near Panama Lane and Buena Vista Road, said Sgt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. ...
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5 killed in plane crash south of Bakersfield, authorities say
LATimes - about 1 year
Five people were killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed in an almond orchard south of Bakersfield, authorities said. The victims’ bodies were recovered from the crash scene in the orchard near Panama Lane and Buena Vista Road, said Sgt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark King
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mark King helped to develop and popularize the slap and pop style of playing the bass guitar in the 1980s. The slapping and popping style was developed in the 1970s by funk bassists such as Larry Graham and further developed by jazz fusion bassists such as Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. King developed a rapid playing speed using this technique, and introduced technical elements that enabled him to produce a mix of percussive effects while still playing a bass line. One of King's greatest influences was the musician Tom Taylor, who gave King guitar lessons when King was 12. King's bass playing style is largely based on continuous 16th notes (aka semiquavers), sometimes described as "machine-gun" style. This "machine-gun" style consists of playing rapidly using a combination of thumb slaps, pops, hammer-ons, and fretting hand slaps. King and Level 42 are considered highly influential artists of the Brit funk movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    He was also a performer at The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2010 and 2011.
    More Details Hide Details King serves as a tourism 'ambassador' for his native Isle of Wight. For the Level 42 discography, see Level 42 discography.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 41
    King sold the pub in 2000 and it has since become a pub franchise operating in the coastal towns of southern England.
    More Details Hide Details King now lives with his wife, Ria King, and his youngest daughter, Marlee King, born in 1996. He is a supporter of Watford FC. King is a longstanding supporter of The Prince's Trust. On 20 June 1986, King and Lindup performed alongside a multitude of stars, including Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler, Midge Ure and Elton John, at The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert at Wembley Arena to celebrate the first 10 years of the Trust, which was subsequently released on video.
  • 1999
    Age 40
    Also in 1999, King used two GB Spitfire basses, handmade in England by Bernie Goodfellow.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 37
    In 1996, King briefly used Fender basses.
    More Details Hide Details A limited run of 42 "Mark King" Jazz basses were made, based on the American Deluxe series, built and set up to King's specifications. They all came fitted with SIM's LED lights, flat-radiused fingerboards and a custom neck plate engraved with his signature.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    Just prior to his divorce from his wife, Pia, King moved back to his native Isle of Wight in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990s, he bought a pub in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The pub was called 'Joe Daflo's', a contraction of the names of his three children; Jolie, Darcy and Florrie.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    In 1984, he released his first solo album, Influences followed by One Man in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, he issued a collection of unused songs in the form of the album Trash; the name hinted at the rough, unpolished nature of the recordings (which were rejected by Virgin Records in favour of the tracks which would ultimately appear on the One Man album). Trash was a historic release as it was issued without a record company and initially offered to fans via a low-key guestbook entry, made by King, on www.level42.com. Using an Apple Mac, CD burner and inkjet printer, King manufactured the CD himself and posted it directly to fans, charging £17 plus postage. He hand signed and numbered early copies. Clearly not anticipating the popularity of the album, the initial CDs were numbered as part of a series of 100. Word soon spread of the CD and King eventually sold over 1,000 copies.
  • 1979
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although a drummer, King found himself having to learn bass after landing a job at Macari's. In an interview with the magazine Music U.K (Issue May 1984), he states: I kept up playing drums until I moved to London. I'd always wanted to be a good drummer and it's just ironic that I've turned out to be a bass player. The way I started playing bass was that when I arrived in London I was looking for a job, and the only place I could find one was in Macaris in Charing Cross Rd. I wanted to get something involved in music, and that seemed like a good place to be. But Macaris didn't sell drums, and so I lied and said I could play bass. They said, "Fine, you sell the basses, and sweep up and get the coffees and whatever".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He brought his kit down and blew me off, blew me off the stage because he was so much faster than me." Gould also remembers the young King as being a budding multi-instrumentalist, a "really good guitarist" who would "play around with programming, synth stuff. He was one of those natural musicians." King received encouragement to pursue a career in music from his music teacher at middle school, but was asked to leave Cowes High School at the age of 17, when he turned up at school wearing denim jeans. King recalls in a magazine interview "It didn't go down very well, and I was told my schooling had run its course." King then left home and stayed at a friend's house for two weeks, sleeping on the floor, before getting a job on a production line. After quitting this job, King became a milkman, but he was still determined to "prove he was not a failure". So, at the age of 19, King moved to London, along with his milk van, in hope of finding a career in music. He played drums for the band Re-Flex in their early years, before starting his later career as a bass player.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on October 20, 1958.
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