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Freddie King

“The Texas Canmonball”

Freddie King was one of the kingpins of modern blues guitar. Along with Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Magic Sam, King spearheaded Chicago's modern blues movement in the early '60s and helped set the stage for the blues-rock boom of the late '60s. His influence helped preserve a legacy characterized by searing, aggressive guitar solos and the welding of blues and rock into one cohesive sound.

Although Freddie King was born and raised in Texas, he matured as a musician in Chicago. His guitar style combined country and urban influences. As a child, King grew up on the music of such legendary country blues guitarists as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Arthur “Big Boy”Crudup. After he and his family moved to Chicago in 1950,King began hanging out in clubs where the stinging, city-hot guitar work of such Mississippi Delta- rooted blues men as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, and Eddie Taylor filled the air.

Though he first recorded in the 1950s-cutting sides for the obscure El-Bee label and doing a few session dates for Chess, King didn't begin to attract attention until after he signed with Federal Records in 1960. (Federal was a subsidiary of the Cincinnati-based King Record label.) Under the guidance of pianist Sonny Thompson, King's early-'60s sessions resulted in such stellar tunes as”Lonesome Whistle Blues” and “I'm Tore Down” as well as a potent rendition of “Have You Ever Loved a Woman.”

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Hip-O Select Records
2001

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