Freddie King
African-American blues guitarist and singer
Freddie King
Freddie King, thought to have been born as Frederick Christian, originally recording as Freddy King, and nicknamed "the Texas Cannonball", was an influential African-American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of "the Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King, as well as the youngest of the three.
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Musical bigs and tasty pigs delight crowd at Shed Fest - SunHerald.com
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The party kicked off with the Honey Island Swamp Band, followed by Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Lil Freddie King and Eric Lindell. A first for the festival this year was to have double headliners -- the renowned Bobby Blue Bland followed by hit
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When Jazz meets Blues - The Daily Star
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There were hits from BB King, Presley, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf to Hendrix, Clapton and others and audience sang along to hits like "Cocaine" and "Ain't nothing but a hound dog". The band members were exuberantly entertaining;
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Former resident injured in wreck - Stuttgart Daily Leader
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His injuries include a crushed spine and broken neck, White said. “The doctors do expect him to walk again,” she said. “We ask that you keep him in your prayers.” King is the son of Brenda and Freddie King, formerly of Stuttgart
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The 'Complete Mythology' Of Syl Johnson - NPR
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Syl signed to King's subsidiary Federal, where he cut 14 sides between 1959 and 1962 that were very much in the style of Federal's big star, Freddie King. The later ones sounded more like the music that was big in Chicago's West Side clubs,
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Smokin' blues, barbecue - SunHerald.com
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Fans, called ShedHeds, can visit the shack-like restaurant on Mississippi 57 this week for more than just a taste of Bobby Blue Bland, Percy Sledge, Eric Lindell, Lil Freddie King, Honey Island Swamp Band, Emerald Coast Blues Brothers and Radio Moscow
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Johnny Winter Live at Rockpalast (1979/2011) - Audiophile Audition
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A large portion of the 12 tracks are blues standards by Freddie King, Junior Wells and more, played with fiery abandon, and balanced by a few assorted rock covers which Winter fans expected to hear. During the late seventies, Winter was on a mission to
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Kings of the blues, Deep Purple Mark I and Robert Plant's Blue Note - SunHerald.com
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This June 28 CD is a tribute to the music of Albert, BB and Freddie King, three “kings” of the blues who have influenced the playing of many guitarists since the early 1960s. Guitarist Jeff Golub has experienced four albums and many tours with Rod
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Deep Blues: Turnarounds of the Masters - Premier Guitar
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1 is in the style of Eric Clapton, but I think you'll be able to hear a little Freddie King in this lick as well. King was a big influence on Clapton's playing—check out “Hideaway” from the John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers Featuring Eric Clapton
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Great guitar, piano, fine vocals highlight "The Three Kings" - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Well, that's where his work has headed in his last album, "Blues For You," and his latest, "The Three Kings," a tribute to the work of BB, Albert and Freddie King. Adding to the mix is the very excellent musical work and tough vocals of piano giant
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The Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Amanda Shaw and more music for Saturday - NOLA.com
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Blues guitarist Little Freddie King does the late set at dba; he's preceded by trumpeter Wendell Brunious, who is at Dos Jefes later. Long-running New Orleans jazz fusion quartet Woodenhead holds court at Checkpoint Charlie. Big Al Carson ventures off
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The Jeff Golub Band featuring Henry Butler – Three Kings – Entertainment One Music - Audiophile Audition
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Robben Ford adds a spicy touch to Freddie King's “Side Tracked”. The guitar interplay is timeless and maintains the ageless tradition of respect and support in this idiomatic genre. Another guest, Sonny Landreth, brings his slide magic to a Golub
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The Independent Weekly Line on Durango and Beyond - Durango Telegraph
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The Who's Who that the drummer has pounded out beats for includes Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Peter Frampton, Freddie King, Asleep at the Wheel, the Bellamy Brothers and the Bee Gees. He's currently wrapping up the long-awaited (as in 40 years)
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CD Reviews: Holly tribute worth raving about - Eagle Tribune
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... an appropriate amount of grit and a minimum of fussiness or studio gloss. Expect this latest effort to send some people searching Pittman's back catalog to see what they've been missing. - Alan Sculley Buy if you like: Duke Robillard, Freddie King
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On the town - Kansas.com
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Allison is a Chicago-born musician and the son of late guitar great Luther Allison. He's known for his skill on the blues guitar and lists his influences as Albert King, Muddy Waters and Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter
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Interview: Martin Barre - Taking Aqualung on the Road - Premier Guitar
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You hear where you want to go in your head, and your fingers can go there for you—it's sort of a direct connection. I don't have any sort of hang-up about having to play a BB King or Freddie King lick. I love the blues as well, but in those days,
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20 Photo Highlights From Big Night In Little Haiti, June 17 - Miami New Times (blog)
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A festive crowd heated up the floor while big-band dance music blasted from the stage, and Dadou Pasquet played the guitar like a 305 Freddie King. See the cut for Crossfade's photo highlights from the June edition of Big Night in Little Haiti
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Kings of the blues - Taosnews.com
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"Le Roy" and "Reys" (Roy for royalty, Rey for king) are tongue-and-cheek references to the Kings of the blues — BB, Albert and Freddie King. "Little" is a hats-off to Little Walter, who has also influenced their music. There is much debate among band
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Freddie King
    FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 41
    Near-constant touring took its toll on King (he was on the road almost 300 days out of the year), and in 1976 he began suffering stomach ulcers.
    More Details Hide Details His health quickly deteriorated and he died on December 28 of complications from that and acute pancreatitis at the age of 42. According to those who knew him, King's untimely death was due to stress, a legendary 'hard-partying lifestyle', and poor diet (he was in the habit of consuming Bloody Marys in lieu of solid food so as not to waste time when setting up shows). King had an intuitive style, often creating guitar parts with vocal nuances. He achieved this by using the open string sound associated with Texas blues and the raw, screaming tones of West Side, Chicago blues. As King combined both the Texas and Chicago sounds, this gave his music a more contemporary outlook than many Chicago bands who were still performing 1950s-style music, and he befriended the younger generation of blues musicians. In his early career he played a gold top Gibson Les Paul with P-90 pickups through a Gibson GA-40 amplifier, later moving on to Gibson ES-355 guitars, using a plastic thumb pick and a metal index-finger pick to achieve an aggressive finger attack, a style he learned from Jimmy Rogers.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    In 1974 he recorded Burglar, for which Tom Dowd produced the track "Sugar Sweet" at Criteria Studios in Miami, with guitarists Clapton and George Terry, drummer Jamie Oldaker and bassist Carl Radle.
    More Details Hide Details Mike Vernon produced all the other tracks. Vernon also produced a second album Larger than Life with King, for the same label. Vernon brought in other notable musicians for both albums such as Bobby Tench of the Jeff Beck Group, to complement King
  • 1969
    Age 34
    In 1969 King hired Jack Calmes as his manager, who secured him an appearance at the 1969 Texas Pop Festival, alongside Led Zeppelin and others, and this led to King's being signed to Leon Russell's new label, Shelter Records.
    More Details Hide Details The company treated King as an important artist, flying him to Chicago to the former Chess studios for the recording of Getting Ready and gave him a backing line-up of top session musicians, including rock pianist Leon Russell. Three albums were made during this period, including blues classics and new songs, such as "Goin' Down," written by Don Nix. King performed alongside the big rock acts of the day, such as Eric Clapton and Grand Funk Railroad (whose song "We're an American Band" mentions King in its lyrics) and for a young, mainly white audience, along with white tour drummer Gary Carnes for three years, before signing to RSO.
  • 1968
    Age 33
    Curtis signed King to Atlantic in 1968, which resulted in two LPs, Freddie King Is a Blues Master (1969) and My Feeling for the Blues (1970), produced by Curtis for the Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion Records.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 27
    King's availability was noticed by producer and saxophonist King Curtis, who had recorded a cover of "Hide Away," with Cornell Dupree on guitar, in 1962.
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  • 1960
    Age 25
    King recorded his debut single for the label on August 26, 1960: "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" backed with "You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling" (again as "Freddy" King).
    More Details Hide Details From the same recording session at the King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, King cut the instrumental "Hide Away," which the next year reached #5 on the R&B Charts and #29 on the Pop Singles Charts, an unprecedented accomplishment for a blues instrumental at a time when the genre was still largely unknown to white audiences. "Hide Away" was originally released as the B-side of "I Love the Woman". "Hide Away" was King's conglomeration of a theme by Hound Dog Taylor and parts by others, such as from "The Walk" by Jimmy McCracklin and "Peter Gunn", as credited by King. The song's title comes from Mel's Hide Away Lounge, a popular blues club on the West Side of Chicago. Willie Dixon later claimed that he had recorded King doing "Hide Away" for Cobra Records in the late 1950s, but such a version has never surfaced. "Hide Away" has since become a blues standard.
  • 1959
    Age 24
    In 1959 King got to know Sonny Thompson, pianist, producer, and A&R man for Cincinnati's King Records and King owner Syd Nathan signed King to the subsidiary Federal label in 1960.
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  • 1956
    Age 21
    In 1956 he cut his first record as a leader, for El-Bee Records.
    More Details Hide Details The A-side was a duet with a Margaret Whitfield, "Country Boy,", and the B-side was a King vocal. Both tracks feature the guitar of Robert Lockwood, Jr., who during these same years was also adding rhythm backing and fills to Little Walter's records. King was repeatedly rejected in auditions for the South Side's Chess Records, the premier blues label, which was home to Muddy, Wolf, and Walter. The complaint was that Freddie King sang too much like B.B. King. A newer blues scene, lively with nightclubs and upstart record companies, was burgeoning on the West Side, though. Bassist and producer Willie Dixon, during a late 1950s period of estrangement from Chess, had King come to Cobra Records for a session, but the results have never been heard. Meanwhile, King established himself as perhaps the biggest musical force on the West Side. King played along with Magic Sam and supposedly did uncredited backing guitar on some of Sam's tracks for Mel London's Chief and Age labels, though King does not stand out anywhere.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 18
    In 1953 he recorded with the latter for Parrot Records, but these recordings were never released.
    More Details Hide Details As the 1950s went on, King played with several of Muddy Waters's sidemen and other Chicago mainstays, including guitarists Jimmy Rogers, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Eddie Taylor, Hound Dog Taylor, bassist Willie Dixon, pianist Memphis Slim, and harpist Little Walter.
  • 1952
    Age 17
    In 1952, while employed at the steel mill, an eighteen-year-old King occasionally worked as a sideman with such bands as the Little Sonny Cooper Band and Earl Payton's Blues Cats.
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    In 1952 King started working in a steel mill, the same year he married fellow Texas native Jessie Burnett, with whom he eventually had seven children.
    More Details Hide Details According to his official birth certificate he was named "Fred King" at birth and his parents were Ella Mae King and J.T. Christian. Almost as soon as he had moved to Chicago, King started sneaking into South Side nightclubs, where he heard blues performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson. King formed his first band, the Every Hour Blues Boys, with guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson and drummer Frank "Sonny" Scott.
  • 1949
    Age 14
    When King was only six, his mother, Ella Mae King, and his uncle began teaching Freddie guitar. In autumn 1949, King and his family moved from Dallas to the South Side of Chicago.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on September 3, 1934.
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