The Full Story
Sally King was born into a musical family and raised on a heady mixture of jazz, blues and Irish music. Her parents were instrumental in getting the Sydney Jazz Club off and running back in the 1950's. Sally's early inspiration came from such greats as Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Aretha Franklin.
Throughout her teenage years Sally performed in high school concerts and as a solo act in folk clubs around Sydney. She was given her first guitar at 13 years of age and started to write songs. At 15, the first band that featured Sally's singing talents, Cider Duck, entered the Hoadley's Battle of the Bands and came fourth in a heat that had legends of Australian rock Sherbert in first place and Jeff St John, second.
In 1974 Sally came to the attention of Bo Diddley when he was on tour in Australia. Bo Diddley took an interest in Sally's music and mentored Sally, giving her two guitars, teaching her how to play his style of guitar in open E tuning and recording a one-off vinyl album of Sally's songs. Sally went on tour with Bo for 6 weeks in the USA in 1975.
In 1976 Sally completed a teaching degree and travelled overseas in 1977. During her trip to Brazil Sally met and jammed with some of Brazil's finest musicians including Antonio Carlos Jobim, composer of "Girl from Ipanema". From the late 1970's to late 1990's Sally became a high profile member of the Sydney rhythm'n'blues scene, fronting her own bands or appearing as a special guest artist with many local and overseas blues acts including Bo Diddley, Jimmy McGriff, High Tide Harris, Lucky Peterson, Big Jay McNeely, Jackie Orzaczky, Dynamic Hepnotics, The Mighty Reapers of Vengeance, The Hippos, The Foreday Riders and The Bondi Cigars who recorded her song "The Pain' on their album 'Bad Weather Blues'.
During this time Sally regularly performed in Sydney's top venues including The Basement, The Metro, The Tivoli, Coogee Bay Hotel, the Manzil Room, Kardomah Café, Bondi Lifesavers, the Annandale Hotel and Hopetoun Hotel. In 1989 Sally played the Enmore Theatre on the bill of the East Coast Blues Festival, a forerunner of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.
From 1983 to 1984 Sally also gained recognition as a soul diva in her role as front person for The Champions, a hip soul band with a cult following in inner-city Sydney. The Champions recorded and released an album "Dancing is Crazy" in 1984. The single "Eye to Eye" had some success on the independent radio charts and the video clip was featured on Donny Sutherland's Sounds Unlimited. The Champions made a successful tour of Melbourne's classic venues, including a memorable show at the Palais Theatre sharing the bill with Jo Jo Zepp and the Falcons and a young Kate Ceberano.
Back in Sydney they played a number of shows with The Cockroaches and the Hoodoo Gurus and did regular gigs with The Dynamic Hepnotics. The Champions had the honour of being chosen to play at the Cold Chisel farewell concert after party at the Tivoli, back in December 1983.
Her band "Sally King and The Mustangs" held down a 4 year residency at the legendary Unity Hall hotel in Balmain from 1994 - 1998. Their up tempo soul and rhythm'n'blues repertoire, delivered by Sally's powerful vocals and a cookin' band packed out the pub time and time again.
In 1998 Sally said farewell to the Sydney rhythm'n'blues scene and took time out to focus on her teaching career, working with adolescents with disabilities. With performing running so deep in her veins Sally was unable to step away from the stage completely. She continued to do guest appearances and gigs at local venues and festivals throughout the ensuing years. In 2003 Vic Mally of Full House Records invited Sally to take part in an historical recording session of Australian female blues legends. She was honoured to be included in the "Women 'n Blues" album that consisted of tracks by Wendy Saddington, Margaret RoadKnight, Jeannie Lewis, Kate Dunbar and Sally King.
From 2003 to the present Sally has worked on original music projects with her musical partner / bass player and husband, David Green, writing music together and independently. This partnership has developed over many years of making beautiful music together and forms the nucleus of their current musical identity, Sametribe. 2010 - 2011 Sally and David promoted shows in their local area for singer / song writers and young performers. Sally and David were also invited to be featured artists on "Song Writers Across Australia" (TVS) in February 2011.
In 2012 an album of original songs was recorded and released independently. The album titled 'Solid Flesh and Blood' featured Sally's soulful vocal style, strong melodies, catchy hooks and danceable rhythms. It reached No 4 on the national airplay blues’n’roots charts and held a position in the top 25 for much of 2013. The first single released, "I Feel like a Fool" is a fine example of Australian rhythm'n'blues, with a toe tapping beat and catchy lyrics.
2014 - present Sally and David continue to play fun and interesting shows whether in duo or band format. In 2015 Sally King & Sametribe performed at Wollongong Blues Club's International Blues Music Day show. The gig was filmed and recorded and a Live! DVD is now available.