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Karl Lawrence King
Birth: Feb. 21, 1891
Paintersville
Greene County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1971
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA

Composer and Conductor. Karl King played with a number of bands in his teenage years, before joining the Barnum and Bailey Circus. His gift for composing was apparent from an early age, and he had several compositions published while still in his teens. In 1913 he wrote “Barnum and Bailey's Favorite,” which became a popular march. Very quickly, the song was adopted as the theme song of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1920 he saw an ad in a national musician’s publication for a conductor of the Fort Dodge Municipal Band in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and was accepted for the job. Giving up the traveling circus life, he settled in Fort Dodge, and conducted the municipal band there for the next 50 years. Through his leadership the band became a popular fixture at state and regional fairs, rodeos, and expositions, as well as performing their weekly local concerts. He and his son, Karl Jr., established a successful music publishing business in Fort Dodge as well. He wrote and published more than 200 marches in his lifetime, earning him the title of America’s March King. He also composed waltzes, overtures, intermezzos, serenades, dirges, rags, and gallops, totaling nearly another 100 selections.
 (bio by: Burt) 
 
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 Parents:
  Sandusky L. King (1865 - 1923)
  Anna May Lindsey Bullis (1869 - 1965)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Irene Lovett King (1898 - 1988)*
 
 Children:
  Karl Lovett King (1919 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Lawn Cemetery
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 21, 2006
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