Bluesman Albert King was one of the premier electric guitar
stylists of the post-World War II period. By playing left-
handed and holding his guitar upside-down (with the strings
set for a right-handed player), and by concentrating on tone
and intensity more than flash, King fashioned over his long
career, a sound that was both distinctive and highly
influential. He was a master of the single-string solo and
could bend strings to produce a particularly tormented blues
sound that set his style apart from his contemporaries.
King was also the first major blues guitarist to cross over
into modem soul; his mid- and late 1960s recordings for the
Stax label, cut with the same great session musicians who
played on the recordings of Otis Redding, Sam &
Dave,Eddie Floyd, and others, appealed to his established
black audience while broadening his appeal with rock fans.
Along with B.B