Freddie King (US blues singer & guitarist)

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Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and B.B. King, none of whom were blood related). Mostly known for his soulful and powerful voice and distinctive guitar playing, King had a major influence on electric blues music and on many later blues guitarists.

Born in Gilmer, Texas, King became acquainted with the guitar at the age of six. He started learning the guitar from his mother and his uncle. King moved to Chicago when he was a teenager; there he formed his first band the Every Hour Blues Boys with guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson and drummer Frank "Sonny" Scott. As he was repeatedly being rejected by Chess Records, he got signed to Federal Records, and got his break with single "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" and instrumental "Hide Away", which reached number five on the Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart in 1961. It later became a blues standard. King based his guitar style on Texas blues and Chicago blues influences. The album Freddy King Sings showcased his singing talents and included the record chart hits "You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling" and "I'm Tore Down". He later became involved with producers who were more oriented to rhythm and blues and rock and was one of the first bluesmen to have a multiracial backing band at performances.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by ZZ Top in 2012 and into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982. His instrumental "Hide Away" was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "500 Songs that Shaped Rock". He was ranked 25th in the Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 edition of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and 15th in the 2011 edition.

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1961Freddy King SingsFreddie King2
1961Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddie KingFreddie King2
1962Boy‐Girl‐BoyFreddy King, Lula Reed & Sonny Thompson3
1963Bossa Nova and BluesFreddie King2
1963Freddy King Goes Surfin'Freddie King1
1969Freddie King Is a Blues MasterFreddie King4
1970My Feeling for the BluesFreddie King3
1971Getting Ready…Freddie King4
1972Texas CannonballFreddie King3
1973Woman Across the RiverFreddie King2
1974BurglarFreddie King4
1975Larger Than LifeFreddie King2
1991Palace of the KingFreddie King1
1996Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of InstrumentalsFreddie King1
2002Blue on BluesAlbert King & Freddie King1
2004Are You Ready for Freddy?Freddie King1
2013We Three Kings of Blues GuitarFreddie King, Albert King & Earl King1
2016Fabulous CreatureFreddie King1
Texas FlyerFreddie King1
Texas in My BluesFreddie King1

Album + Compilation

1969Hide AwayFreddy King2
1977Freddie King (1934-1976)Freddie King2
1990The Best of Freddie KingFreddie King1
1991Key to the HighwayFreddie King1
1993Blues Guitar HeroFreddie King1
1993Hide Away: The Best of Freddie KingFreddie King1
1995All His HitsFreddie King1
1995King of the BluesFreddie King2
1995Texas SensationFreddie King1
1996HideawayFreddie King1
1997Stayin' Home With the BluesFreddie King1
2000The Best of Freddie King: The Shelter Records YearsFreddie King1
2002The Very Best of Freddy King, Volume 1Freddie King1
2002The Very Best of Freddy King, Volume 2Freddie King1
2002The Very Best of Freddy King, Volume 3Freddie King1
2002Blues Guitar Hero, Volume 2Freddie King1
2009Taking Care of BusinessFreddie King1
2010Texas Flyer 1974–1976Freddie King1
2013The Complete King Federal SinglesFreddie King1
2013Freddy King Sings Plus Let’s Hide Away and Dance AwayFreddy King1
2013The King Years 1961-1962Freddie King1
2014Hide AwayFreddie King1
2016Texas Oil: The Complete Federal & El-Bee Sides, 1956-1962Freddy King2
2019The Mojo! King Rarities & ObscuritiesFreddy King1
Greatest HitsFreddie King1
Just Pickin': Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddie King / Freddie King Gives You a Bonanza of InstrumentalsFreddie King1

Album + Compilation + Live

2012The Blues Live!Freddie King1

Album + Live

1988Live In Antibes 1974Freddy King1
1989Live in Nancy, 1975 Vol.1Freddie King2
1989Live in Nancy, 1975 Vol.2Freddie King2
1992The Texas Cannonball - Live At The Texas Opry HouseFreddie King1
1994Let The Good Times RollFreddie King1
1996Live at the Electric Ballroom, 1974Freddie King1
2015Going Down at Onkel Po'sFreddie King1
Live in GermanyFreddie King1


1956Country Boy / That's What You ThinkFreddie King1
1960Have You Ever Loved a Woman / You've Got to Love Her With a FeelingFreddie King1
1960I Love the Woman / Hide AwayFreddie King1
1961I'm Tore Down / Sen-Sa-ShunFreddie King1
1961Christmas Tears / I Hear Jingle BellsFreddie King1
1964Driving Sideways / Someday After Awhile (You'll Be Gone)Freddie King1
1965Driving Sideways / HideawayFreddie King1


2001Freddie King The Beat!!!Freddie King1

Other + Compilation

2001Ultimate CollectionFreddie King1

Other + Interview

This Is the BluesFreddie King1

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