One of the legendary 'Three Kings' of blues (alongside namesakes B.B. and Albert), Freddie King was the most incendiary and aggressive guitarist of the three, combining rollicking instrumental tracks such as his signature tune, Hideaway, with potent vocal tracks notably Going Down. King was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Chicago in his teens and his unique playing style effortlessly combines the swing of Texas blues with the biting attack of the Chicago sound. He began his recording career for the Federal label in 1960, releasing a string of superb recordings that influenced generations of blues guitarists. After a short stint at Atlantic, King found a sympathetic home at Shelter, recording three albums including the magnificent Getting Ready which was recorded at Chess Records' legendary Chicago studio. And Going Down has to be the greatest descending riff song ever recorded.
Followers: Eric Clapton, Chicken Shack, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher
Influenced By: T- Bone Walker, Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood, Magic Sam, Otis Rush...