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Former R&B singer Carlton 'King' Coleman dies at age 78

By Mary Keshishian     Sep 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Miami - Former Rythym and Blues artist Carlton 'King' Coleman died Saturday morning, at age 78 from heart failure in Miami, Florida.
The US singer died at a Miami hospital on a Saturday morning, announced MSNBC News.
Coleman was born January 20, 1932.
Coleman worked as a radio disc jockey, starting out at Tampa's WTMP and Miami's WFEC and eventually WMBM, where he was one of the city's most popular DJs in the late 1950s. In more recent years, Coleman hosted a six-hour nightly radio show entitled "Nothing But Love", also on WMBM, now a gospel station.
But he is mainly now known for his vocals on a 1959 hit track, "Do The) Mashed Potatoes," recorded with James Brown's band.
Coleman has worked with many other rhythm and blues legends, such as B.B. King and Jackie Wilson. He performed at venues all over the country, including the legendary Apollo Theater in New York.
His son, Tony (age 65), is an accomplished drummer and recording artist, who has often performed with B.B. King.
Coleman has also performed as an actor, appearing in several movies and on television programs, including Claudine, Welcome Back Kotter, Up the Academy, and Bad Boys II, according to Last.FM.
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