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Ex-Fremont official to continue Christmas tradition, perform free concert in Oakland

Richard King has spent about half a century as an East Bay attorney, telling his clients’ stories while advocating on their behalf. For nearly as long, the Fremont man has performed as a singer of pop standards in venues as varied as Bay Area churches and Las Vegas lounges.

King, 74, will combine both talents Thursday evening in what has become an annual Christmas tradition: a free concert at the Oakland Mormon Temple.

“It’s about 15 to 20 songs and he tells a story, the way he weaves them all together,” said Steve Pietkiewicz, a pianist and fellow Fremont Symphony Orchestra board member who will accompany King onstage. “He does ballads that bring a tear to your eye and up-tempo tunes where he’s going to swing like Sinatra did.”

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Chris DeBenedetti