Albert King

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April 25, 1923 - December 21, 1992

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Today, April 25, Albert King would have been 90 years old. He was a major influence in the blues genre. He was known as one of the "3 Great Kings of the Blues" (along with BB King & Freddie King). Albert electrified and modernized the blues.


Albert's first hit was in 1961:

Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong




One of the most influential albums of the Blues and Rock n' Roll:

Born Under a Bad Sign released in 1967:

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Born Under a Bad Sign


Albert has had a very long and distinguised career. He is finally being inducted into the RRHOF this year (2013).

Discography

The Big Blues (1962)
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
Years Gone By (1969)
Blues for Elvis - King Does the King's Things (1970)
Lovejoy (1971)
The Lost Session (1971, released in 1986)
I'll Play the Blues for You (1972)
I Wanna Get Funky (1974)
Albert (1976)
Truckload of Lovin' (1976)
King Albert (1977)
The Pinch aka The Blues Don't Change (1977)
New Orleans Heat (1978)
Crosscut Saw: Albert King in San Francisco (1983)
I'm in a Phone Booth Baby (1984)
Red House (1992)
 

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Stevie Ray was a disciple.

His fingerprints are all over SRV's stuff.

Check out the veteran and the young gunslinger.

These cats are letting the fur fly.


 

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Yep, Stevie Ray adored Albert's style and pretty much was a copy-cat.

Another disciple would be Jimi Hendrix.
 

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One of the most influential albums of the Blues and Rock n' Roll:

Born Under a Bad Sign released in 1967:

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Anyone who loves blues, must own this album. Great songs, some of the best guitar playing you'll find anywhere (what a tone!!) and Booker T. & the M.G.'s as backing band. An absolute masterpiece.
 

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Albert King IS my favourite bluesman period.

I have got virtually all of his recordings and personally I have a liking for King Does The Kings Things from 1969 (Albert covers Elvis Presley's earlier songs) and Jammed Together that also features Steve Cropper & Pops Staples from 1969 along with The Lost Session (a John Mayall produced album from 1971) and the collaboration with Stevie Ray Vaughan from 1983.
 

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Albert King IS my favourite bluesman period.

I have got virtually all of his recordings and personally I have a liking for King Does The Kings Things from 1969 (Albert covers Elvis Presley's earlier songs) and Jammed Together that also features Steve Cropper & Pops Staples from 1969 along with The Lost Session (a John Mayall produced album from 1971) and the collaboration with Stevie Ray Vaughan from 1983.

A very good album by Albert King! I was listening to the song "Love me Tender" for the first time back in 1971 on the radio. I didn't get the album title at that time, and I was looking out for that album over 2 decades, before I found out about it and finally got the album.

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A very good album by Albert King! I was listening to the song "Love me Tender" for the first time back in 1971 on the radio. I didn't get the album title at that time, and I was looking out for that album over 2 decades, before I found out about it and finally got the album.
Yeah I like the album Albert King Does The Kings Things from 1969 Frands and I still quite often play it although I did read not long ago that Albert wasn't that keen on recording it when he was at STAX records and he was kind of was pushed into recording it by the record company and it worked out pretty good I think. Also I read a review of the album that an ordinary music fan had wrote about the album and he said that Elvis should have returned the compliment and recorded some of Albert's blues influenced songs which I thought was a good comment. I am guessing that Elvis may well have listened to Albert's renditions of Elvis's rock & roll influenced songs like Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel & Blue Suede Shoes which obviously Albert gave them a blues edge.
 
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