Freddie King

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Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) nicknamed ‘the Texas Cannonball’, was an influential blues guitarist and singer. Freddie King was often seen mentioned as one of ‘the Three Kings’ of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King.

Freddie King based his guitar style on Chicago and Texas blues influences and was one of the first bluesmen to have a racially integrated backing band onstage with him during live performances. King had a twenty-year recording career and became established as an influential guitarist with his early-1960s hits for Federal Records. King is best known for such singles as his Top 40 hit Hide Away (1961) and “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” (1960). He is also known for such albums as the early, instrumental-packed Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King (1961) and the later Burglar (1974), which displayed King’s mature versatility as both player and singer in a range of blues and funk styles.

Freddie King usually played Gibson ES-335 with a plastic thumb pick and a metal index-finger pick for an aggressive finger attack, a style he learned from Jimmy Rogers.

He inspired American musicians from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan, and such mid-1960s UK blues guitarists as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. King died from heart failure on December 28, 1976, age forty two.

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