Freddie King: Ain’t Nobody’s Business

Known as one of the “Three Kings of Blues Guitar”, along with BB King and Albert King, Freddie emerged from Texas as one of the most influential and powerful blues guitarists. A dynamic stage performer, Freddie had a command on both vocals and guitar. A move to Chicago in 1950 allowed him to see blues legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. These electric players would prove to be very inspirational to Freddie, who grew up listening to country blues players: such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Through the 1960’s Freddie became a major part of the modern Chicago blues scene. A few of his hits, which include: I’m Tore Down, Hideaway, and The Stumble, are considered blues guitar classics.

Freddie was a passionate musician and had an aggressive approach to the guitar. He played with thumb and index finger picks, which were a large part of his rhythmic sound and tone. Popular blues rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, were all influenced by his playing. Freddie King passed away on December 28th, 1976 at the age of 42.

This clip is from a live performance in South Carolina in 1972. This is excellent footage of a powerful singer and one of the best blues guitarists.


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