Albert Collins, guitarist

Albert Collins

October 1, 1932, Leona, TX ~ November 24, 1993, Las Vegas, NV

Albert Collins, ‘The Master of the Telecaster,’ ‘The Iceman,’ and ‘The Razor Blade’ was robbed of his best years as a blues performer by a bout with liver cancer that ended with his premature death. […] The highly influential, totally original Collins, like the late John Campbell, was on the cusp of a much wider worldwide following via his deal with Virgin Records' Pointblank subsidiary. However, unlike Campbell, Collins had performed for many more years, in obscurity, before finally finding a following in the mid-'80s. ~ Allmusic: Albert Collins ~ retrieved September 28, 2013 © Allmusic

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A cousin of the legendary Lightnin' Hopkins, Collins emerged with a blues sound and style all his own, featuring a combination of icy echo, shattering, ringing, sustained high notes, an ultra-percussive right-hand attack, and an unheard-of minor key guitar tuning (taught to him by his cousin Willow Young). Deeply influenced by T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and Gatemouth Brown, Collins absorbed the sounds of Mississippi, Chicago, and especially Texas. He formed his own band in 1952, packing clubs around Houston. In the early 1960s, Collins'“cool sound” instrumentals like the million-seller Frosty (recorded with a young Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin in attendance at the studio) and follow-ups Sno Cone and Thaw Out were all over R&B radio. Soon he was sharing stages with his idols Gatemouth Brown and T-Bone Walker. ~ Alligator Records: Albert Collins ~ retrieved September 27, 2013 © Alligator Records

Albert Collins ~ Ranked #56 Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ His fluid, inventive playing influenced Hendrix, sometimes overtly: Jimi liked Collins' sustain in the song Collins Shuffle so much that he used it on Voodoo Chile. ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

Albert Collins ~ Love Can Be Found Anywhere, Even In A Guitar (1968) ~ Ranked #463 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

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