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Freddie King

Although he was born near Gilmer, Texas, on September 3, 1934, Freddy King spent his musically formative years in Chicago. From 1950 to 1963, the handsome guitarist contributed to changing the blues of Windy City from ensemble tradition to the new, more aggressive sound of the West Side - with his sensational guitar skills and roaring vocals.

Freddie Christian (King was his mother's last name; Federal Records later changed the spelling of his first name to Freddy) learned guitar early on under the guidance of his uncle Leon King. The 78's of Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Louis Jordan made a big impression on the boy. He moved to Chicago in December 1950; great for his age, he was let into the local blues bars and could see his heroes up close. The brilliant guitarists Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Eddie Taylor gave him important musical tips.

"He tried to learn to play," said Rogers, who died in 1997. "He'd come in and sit down and watch us play, me and Muddy." Freddy did a good job of what he saw, "He then went back home and practiced until those licks sounded quite good to him." King developed a hot two-finger guitar technique with a plastic thumb pick and a metal pick on the index finger. "That's how I played, and he watched me," Rogers said. Freddy played in various local formations and joined the Blues Cats of the young bluesharp player Earlee Payton in 1956. "Payton left us," recalled their bassist Robert 'Big Mojo' Elem, who died in 1997. "After that, Freddy King was the bandleader."

King made his record debut in 1956 with the groovy That's What You Think for John Burton's tiny El-Bee label, but then had to wait four years for his next recording opportunity. Meanwhile he worked his way to the top of the new West Side movement, together with Magic Sam. "Everybody said,'Man, you gotta see Freddy King," says his West Side guitar mate Eddy Clearwater.

Another young Chicago guitarist, Syl Johnson, played a mediating role when Freddy finally found accommodation at Syd Nathans' Federal sub-label in Cincinnati's King Records. "He heard I was signing with Federal, so he wanted to try to get on the label," says Syl. "He gave me a demo and I sent it to Sonny Thompson." Sonny, a Mississippi-born pianist who reached the top of the R&B charts in 1948 with his two-part instrumental Long Gone for the Miracle record company before switching to Nathan's King label, headed the Chicago office of Federal and King. Thompson signed Freddy for Federal and produced his debut session in Cincinnati on August 26, 1960.

As usual Thompson also took over the piano, Bill Willis played bass and Philip Paul drums. No less than three hits were recorded on this day, the biggest was the only instrumental number. Hide Away was named after one of Freddy's favorite pubs on the West Side, Mel's Hideaway Lounge. "It's been a real hotspot for a long time," Rogers said. The piece consisted of a series of borrowed riffs, which were joined together to form a seamless whole.

The basic theme was taken over by King from slide guitar wizard Hound Dog Taylor, who called his creation Taylor's Boogie. "He was the first one to start playing it," says Clearwater. "Then Magic Sam played it." He recorded his own version for Mel London's Chief logo in 1961 and named it Do The Camel Walk. But Sam didn't use the two choruses Freddy played on his bass strings that came straight from Jimmy McCracklin's 58 hit The Walk, and the 12 bars from Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn. The wide open break chord came either from Lockwood or Freddy Robinson.

"We played it about three, four, maybe five or six times and we thought,'Okay, we're getting ready to record it,'" Willis, who died in 2010, recalled. "The old man (Nathan) said,'I got it!'" Crazy old Syd had captured a #5 R&B-/#29 pop smash hit - and the definitive electric blues guitar instrumental piece.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Texas Flyer, 1974-1976 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Freddie King: Texas Flyer, 1974-1976 (5-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16778

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5-CD Boxed Set, LP-size, with 80-page hardcover book, 64 tracks. Playing time: 363:47 minutes. Completes the Freddie King story, with all of his 1974-75 RSO studio recordings (some with label-mate Eric Clapton ) and four jam-packed discs...
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Taking Care Of Business (7-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Freddie King: Taking Care Of Business (7-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16979

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7-CD Box, LP-size, 104 pages hardcover book, 168 tracks, playing time 549:28 minutes. Everything the legendary electric blues guitarist Freddie King cut in the studio from 1956 to 1973 for El-Bee, Federal, King, Cotillion-Atlantic, and...
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Complete King Federal Singles
Freddie King: Complete King Federal Singles Art-Nr.: CDRGM0114

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1960-67 'King/Federal' - 158:56/54. 2-CD
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Burglar
Freddie King: Burglar Art-Nr.: CD8318152

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(1974 'RSO') (37:53/10) Von Mike Vernon in England produziertes letztes Studioalbum. FREDDIE KING - gtr/voc, BOBBY TENCH - gtr, ROY DAVIES - kbds, DeLISLE HARPER - bass, STEVE FERRONE - drums, plus horns. Special guest: ERIC CLAPTON -...
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Just Pickin'
Freddie King: Just Pickin' Art-Nr.: CDMBCD721

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(1960-64 'King/Federal') (72:02/24) Zwei Original-LPs auf einer CD / two original LP records on one CD, 'Gives You A Bonanza Of Instrumentals' & 'Let's Hide Away And Dance With Freddie King'
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Bossa Nova And Blues
Freddie King: Bossa Nova And Blues Art-Nr.: SLP5489

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(2014/Sundazed) 12 tracks. 180g Vinyl. Originally released 1962 on "King/Federal'. One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green...
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Freddie King Gives You A Bonanza Of...180g
Freddie King: Freddie King Gives You A Bonanza Of...180g Art-Nr.: SLP5365

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All-instrumental LP from the guitarist idolized by Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. Vinyl Pressed at R.T.I. Freddie King's second all-instrumental album, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals,...
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Blues Journey (3-CD)
Freddie King: Blues Journey (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSBR7959

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(Sunset Blvd) 32 tracks Over 3 hours of prime Freddie King in concert from the '70s. I was interested in the white rock 'n' rollers until I heard Freddie King - and then I was over the moon. I knew that was where I belonged - finally....
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Burglar (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Freddie King: Burglar (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LP700200

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(Elemental Music) 10 tracks, gatefold cover Originally released on the RSO label. Limited edition, deluxe 180gm gatefold virgin vinyl reissue. Includes the original artwork. Produced by Mike Vernon and in collaboration with Eric Clapton...
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Alive In America (3-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Freddie King: Alive In America (3-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPRDEG792

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(Renaissance Records) 14 tracks, gatefold cover 180g vinyl, limited edition "Three kings of the blues guitar" (together with Albert King and B.B. King, none of whom were related by blood)! This live album was recorded in Denver in 1974.
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Freddy King Goes Surfin' (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Freddie King: Freddy King Goes Surfin' (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5423

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(2013/SUNDAZED) 12 tracks - remake of 'Let's Hide Away And Dance With' with faked applause and new cover artwork. Freddy King Surfs The Fretboard For A Wild Instrumental Ride! Pressed At Rti Syd Nathan, Impresario Of Cincinatti's King...
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Live And Loud 1968
Freddie King: Live And Loud 1968 Art-Nr.: CDRB3248

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(2014/Rockbeat) 11 tracks. Track 1-9 live at the Filmore West 1968, track 10 live at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, track 11 live from Sweden 1973.
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Heads Up! 1960-62
Freddie King: Heads Up! 1960-62 Art-Nr.: CDJAS3050

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(2015/Jasmine) 27 tracks, Original Federal recordings, 1960-62. His first 14 single releases, A's & B's. Incl. 3 songs with Lula Reed.
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My Feeling For The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Freddie King: My Feeling For The Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV2014

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(2017/Music On Vinyl) 11 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1970 'Cotillion' album, pressed on 180g vinyl
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Getting Ready... (LP)
Freddie King: Getting Ready... (LP) Art-Nr.: LPFRM08905

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(Capitol Records) 10 tracks Freddie King was an original, the most talented electric blues guitarist of the Southside blues after Chicago. Unlike his peers, he was an accomplished musician who was also a composer and singer. King had an...
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Alive In America (2-CD)
Freddie King: Alive In America (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRMED792

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(Renaissance Records) 14 tracks Freddie King (September 3, 1934 - December 28, 1976) was an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and B.B....
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Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD)
Freddie King: Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across... Art-Nr.: CDBGO1518

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(BGO Records) 31 tracks, in slipcase and with new notes. The three albums by blues guitar legend Freddie King for Shelter Records from 1971, 1972 and 1973 Leon Russell produced the first two albums, introducing King to a commercial rock...
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Texas In My Blues (2-CD)
Freddie King: Texas In My Blues (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6190

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(2013/Floating World) 22 tracks.
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Electric King (2-CD)
Freddie King: Electric King (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6259

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(2016/Floating World) 28 tracks. Two CD live collection. Texas born Freddie King was one of the all-time great blues guitarists, and was a major influence in the '60s on the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor....
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Let's Hide Away And Dance Away With...(LP - Colored Vinyl)
Freddie King: Let's Hide Away And Dance Away With...(LP -... Art-Nr.: SLP5364C

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(Sundazed) 12 tracks. Splatter Vinyl) All-instrumental LP from the guitarist idolized by Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others. Freddie King scored his biggest hit with 1961's "Hide Away," which became his...
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Electric King...plus (3-CD Box)
Freddie King: Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) Art-Nr.: CDFLOATD6433

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(Floating World) 42 tracks. Texas-born Freddie King was one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time and had a huge influence on musicians like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Mick Taylor in the 1960s. The first two CDs...
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Getting Ready... (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Freddie King: Getting Ready... (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LP700185

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(Shelter Recording) 10 tracks, 180g virgin vinyl, limited edition - also available on BCD16979 Freddie King 'Taking Care Of Business' (7-CD Deluxe Box Set) The first of Freddie King's three albums for Leon Russell's Shelter label set the...
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The Best Of Freddie King - The Shelter Record
Freddie King: The Best Of Freddie King - The Shelter Record Art-Nr.: CD272452

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(1970-73 'Shelter') (66:54/18)
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Freddy King Sings
Freddie King: Freddy King Sings Art-Nr.: CDMBCD722

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(1961 'King/Federal') (33:43/12)
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Going Down at Onkel Po's (2-CD)
Freddie King: Going Down at Onkel Po's (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRB3315

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(2015/Rock Beat) 21 tracks. Recorded live at Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany, October 1975. Freddie King - gtr/voc, Ed Lively - gtr, Alvin Hemphill - org, Louis Stepens - pno, Benny Turner - bass, Caleb Emphrey -drums.
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