Freddy King, guitarist
birth name: Freddie Christian

Freddie King

September 3, 1934, Gilmer, TX ~ December 28, 1976, Dallas, TX

Guitarist Freddie King rode to fame in the early '60s with a spate of catchy instrumentals which became instant bandstand fodder for fellow bluesmen and white rock bands alike. Employing a more down-home (thumb and finger picks) approach to the B.B. King single-string style of playing, King enjoyed success on a variety of different record labels. Furthermore, he was one of the first bluesmen to employ a racially integrated group on-stage behind him. Influenced by Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers and Robert Lockwood, Jr., King went on to influence the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lonnie Mack, among many others. ~ Allmusic: Freddie King ~ retrieved August 29, 2013 © Allmusic

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September 3, 1994 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) John Mellencamp with Me Shell Ndegeocello, Wild Night ~ #2 (2) Lisa Loeb, Stay (I Missed You) ~ #1 (1) Boyz II Men, I'll Make Love To You


Freddie King ~ Ranked #15 Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ In a 1985 interview, Eric Clapton cited Freddy King's 1961 B side I Love The Woman as “the first time I heard that electric lead-guitar style, with the bent notes… [it] started me on my path.” ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

Freddie King ~ Hide Away ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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