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, 1966 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) the Happenings, See You In September ~ #2 (1) the Lovin' Spoonful, Summer In the City ~ #1 (5) Donovan, Sunshine Superman


Freddie King ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #25 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ His style was a mixture of country and urban blues, and his instrumental sides such as Hide Away, Just Pickin' and The Stumble from the early Sixties, had immense impact on the British blues scene - Eric Clapton says King was one of the first guitarists he tried to copy. His playing employed taut, melodic riffs that erupted into frantic, wailing solos on the upper strings. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

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

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