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For those UK Soul enthusiasts who remember "This Beautiful Day" (taken from

Elvis' backing singer King dies

Singer Solomon King, a former backing vocalist for Elvis who sang in The Jordanaires, has died aged 73.

The singer, who died in Oklahoma, had been suffering from cancer.

King, who was the first white singer to tour with blues legend Billie Holiday, had solo hits of his own with She Wears My Ring and When We Were Young.

After marrying Canadian journalist Henny Lowy in 1960, King spent 20 years living in Manchester in the UK. The couple had four children.

King was born Allen Levy in Lexington, Kentucky, and was noted for his tallness as well as his singing.

At 6ft 8in it is said some TV interviewers refused to have him on their shows unless he sat down.

King's chart success in the UK began with She Wears My Ring, which was a top five hit in 1967. When We Were Young was a hit the following year.

After his marriage to Lowy ended in 1980, he moved back to the US, where he wed a further two times.

He continued singing in clubs in the US on his return.

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