Memphis music promoter, co-founder of Ardent Records John King dies

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 02, 2022 8:22 PM CT | Published: August 02, 2022 8:20 PM CT

At 15 years old, along with legendary music producer John Fry and future FedEx CEO Fred Smith, King co-founded Ardent Records in 1959.


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Alicia Davidson

Alicia Davidson is a lifelong Memphis resident and graduate of The University of Memphis College of Journalism and Strategic Media. When not scribbling about the latest Memphis news, you will find her reading historical biographies, cooking Italian cuisine and practicing vinyasa yoga.


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