Freddie King

Freddie King ( born September 3, 1934 in Gilmer, Texas, † December 28, 1976 in Dallas, Texas ) was a blues musician and one of the "Three Kings of the electric blues ", next to Albert King and BB King. His style influenced Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lonnie Mack, among others He was also one of the first blues musician, who played with a band of blacks and whites.

Life and work

Freddie King was born Frederick Christian and received his first guitar lessons from his mother and his uncle. Originally he played rural acoustic blues in the succession of Lightnin ' Hopkins, but as a teenager he felt the rougher Chicago Blues tightened. He went in 1950 with his family to Chicago and soon formed his own band, The Every Hour Blues Boys, later he played together with bands of Little Sonny Cooper and Hound Dog Taylor. Probably due to the influence of Hound Dog Taylor developed Freddie King at this time his rough blues style on the electric guitar.

In 1960, Freddie King took on the blues songs that were later to its commercial success. This includes both instrumental pieces such as The Stumble, the Peter Green arranged impressively on the John Mayall - A Hard Road - production, and San -Ho- Zay, but also sung blues tracks like Have You Ever Loved a Woman and I'm Goals Down, which was later taken over by Eric Clapton and Blues periods ( from the Cradle ) is presented repeatedly. Thus, King opened up his music to the rock audience. Among the standards Freddie King includes the unmistakable Hideaway, an instrumental piece written by Eric Clapton ( John Mayall's last on 70th Birthday Concert in Liverpool) and arranged by Johnny Winter in production Live in NYC '97. Was named the piece after one of the trendiest bars in Chicago. And Blue Rock Band - In the 1960s, the piece a must repertoire of every blues belonged.

After further recordings in 1964 it was quieter around King. It was not until the beginning of 1970 he played a headed by Leon Russell titles like Going Down Slow and Me and my Guitar. At the height of his international success he suffered during a concert in December 1976, a heart attack, where he died shortly afterwards.


  • The September 3, 1993 was declared by Governor Ann Richards to Freddie King Day, an award that is only given to Texas legends. (eg Buddy Holly)
  • Rolling Stone magazine placed him at number 25 of the top 100 guitarists of all time.


Albums ( selection)

  • Freddy King Sings Federal 762 (1961)
  • Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King Federal 773 (1961)
  • Two Boys And A Girl Freddy King, Lulu Reed & Sonny Thompson. Federal 777 (1962)
  • Bossa Nova And The Blues Federal 821 (1963)
  • Freddy King Goes Surfin Federal 856 (1963)
  • Bonanza Of Instrumentals Federal 928 (1965)
  • Freddie King Sings Again Federal 931 (1965)
  • Freddie King Is A Blues Master Cotillion SD 9004 (1969)
  • My Feeling For The Blues Cotillion SD 9016 (1970)
  • Getting Ready Shelter SW8905 (1971 )
  • The Texas Cannonball Shelter SW8913 (1972 )
  • Woman Across The River Shelter SW8921 (1973 )
  • Burglar RSO SO4803 (1974 )
  • Freddie King Larger Than Life RSO SO4811 (1975 )

Singles ( selection)

  • " Country Boy " / " That's What You Think " El -Bee Records ( 1956)
  • " Have You Ever Loved a Woman" / "You've Got to Love Her With a Feeling " Federal 12384 (1960)
  • "I Love The Woman " / " Hide Away " Federal 12401 (1961)
  • "Lonesome Whistle Blues " / " It's Too Bad ( Things Are Going So Tough ) " Federal 12415 (1961 )
  • " San -Ho- Zay " / " See See Baby" Federal 12428 (1961)
  • "I'm Goals Down" / " Sen -Sa- Shun " Federal 12432 (1961)
  • " Christmas Tears" / " I Hear Jingle Bells" Federal 12439 (1961)