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This profile of  the great guitarist Freddie King seems to have been written by a family member:

Freddie was born in Gilmer Texas on September 3 1934 with the given name of Freddy King to Ella May King and J.T. Christian. My father's mother told him that her grandfather ( who was a full-blooded Choctaw Indian) prophesied to her that she would have a child that will stir the souls of millions and inspire and influence generations. My grandmother and her brother Leon played the guitar. Freddie's mother recognized early her first born interest in music. She and her brother Leon began teaching him to play rural country blues at the age of six. His early music heroes were Sam Lightnin Hopkins (who he credits his proficiency of the down home thumb-finger picken style) and Louis Jordan (the jump blues saxophonist). He told me that he would play Jordan's record over and over again until he could match his horn, note for note. This discipline would have a major impact on his phrasing. (Continue Reading...)
The last section is quite interesting:
His spirits was soon lifted with the success of his first overseas tour in 1968. He was originally booked for a month and it was extended to three. He was amazed by his popularity in England, a new generation of young white musicians like Eric Clapton,MickTaylor, and others were trying to emulate Freddie King. In 1969 Freddie hires a new manager Jack Calmes. Jack is young, white and part of the "counter culture" that has discovered the blues. Jack helped orchestrate Freddie's career into high gear with the 1969 Texas Pop Festival,there he shared billing with Led Zeppelin, Sly and the family stone,Ten years After, B.B. King, among others, " Led Zeppelin's guys were standing there watching him perform with their mouth open" Jack said. Calmes secured a contract deal for Freddie with Leon Russell's new label Shelter Records . Leon had been a fan of Freddie's sizzling guitar style for years. Leon was now creating the Oklahoma blues culture with the start up of his own label. Leon Russell record label included Joe Cocker and The Nitty Gitty Dirt Band. Leon spared no expense the sessions were top shelf he flew the studio crew to Chicago and recorded the first album "Getting Ready" at the old Chess Records studio. Freddie was allowed to showcase his showmanship, Leon wanted the listening audience to experience the brilliance and raw essences of Freddie King. Shelter was the perfect springbroad for Freddie's style of blues, hard driving and,  in your face. This collaboration put Freddie into the mainstream of the white blues /rock explosion. The release of "Getting Ready" produced Freddie's signature blues/rock hit "Going Down". (Continue Reading...)
It's amazing how much of the great music of the that era somehow involved Leon Russell.

Above is Hideaway, which was a big hit for King. Apparently, the band was instructed to not stand still. Below is a blistering version of Ain't Nobody's Business, a blues standard most closely associated with Billie Holliday.

Originally posted to cweinsch on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:44 AM PDT.

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  •  Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band (1+ / 0-)
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    Up all night with Freddie King
    I got to tell you, poker's his thing
    Booze and ladies, keep me right
    As long as we can make it to the show tonight

    We're an American band
    We're an American band

    Freddie King: Country Boy 1956

    "We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

    by voodoochild62 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:11:28 AM PDT

  •  Thank You Thank You Thank You! (0+ / 0-)

    I cannot begin to describe the seminal influence of this amazing yet often-overlooked guitarist. One of the three greatest Kings in blues (Albert, B.B. and Freddie).

    In my early years, hearing the licks of Freddie King had a direct impact on my own nascent style, and "Hideaway" is, to this day, one of my favorite tunes to play...

    Freddie's performance on "Going Down" help set a standard that other guitarists found hard to meet, but loved trying to achieve.

    A true Texas Tornado, and MORE than worthy of ALL the superlatives we can find to describe his fiery brand of guitar slinging...

    Wish I could rec this diary 1000X.

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    by dagnome on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:11:50 AM PDT

  •  if you look... (1+ / 0-)
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    closely you'll notice in the top video that gatemouth brown is playing that blonde rickenbacker and that buddy cox is playing bass. modern blues wouldn't be the same without freddie, my hero.
    be safe,
    tung sol

    There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

    by tung sol on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:23:33 AM PDT

  •  My favorite of the Three Kings (0+ / 0-)

    In particular, get ahold of his recordings for the Federal label from 1960-61. From the first note to the last, these are flat out classics. Will never forget the first time I heard them, back when I was working in a record store in the 80s, and felt all the tension drain out of my body within seconds.

    Thank you for this fine tribute to a great bluesman.

    Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

    by bakeneko on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:37:21 AM PDT

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