Freddie King – An Original & The most Gifted Electric Blues Guitarist

Blues guitarist Freddie King was born on Sept 3, 1934 and died December 28, 1976. He was born as Frederick Christian but started recording under the name Freddie King and his nickname “The Texas Cannonball”. He based his style around the Chicago and Texas styles with Texas blues obviously having a large influence on his playing. King maintained a 20 year recording career and was an established session guitarist with Federal Records. While mainly a blues guitarist, King was able to show versatility and was equally at home with a variety of genres including and especially Funk music. With guitarists like Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan citing him as a major influence it’s not hard to tell why he belongs on the list of the 100 greatest blues guitarists!

Freddie King

Top 5 Songs

That’s What You Think
Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Hide Away
Lonesome Whistle Blues
See See Baby

Top 3 Albums

Woman Across The River
My Feeling For The Blues
Freddie King Sings Again


Freddy King Sings Federal 762 (1961)
Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King Federal 773 (1961)
Two Boys And A Girl Freddy King, Lulu Reed & Sonny Thompson. Federal 777 (1962)
Bossa Nova And The Blues Federal 821 (1963)
Freddy King Goes Surfin Federal 856(1963)
Bonanza Of Instrumentals Federal 928 (1965)
Freddie King Sings Again Federal 931(1965)
Freddie King Is A Blues Master Cotillion SD 9004 (1969)
My Feeling For The Blues Cotillion SD 9016 (1970)
Getting Ready Shelter SW8905 (1971)
The Texas Cannonball Shelter SW8913 (1972)
Woman Across The River Shelter SW8921 (1973)
Burglar RSO SO4803 (1974)
Freddie King Larger Than Life RSO SO4811 (1975)

Compilation albums
All His Hits King 5012 (1965)
Freddie King 1934-1976 Polydor 831817-2 (1976)
Just Pickin’ Modern Blues (1989)
Hide Away The Best Of Freddie King Rhino (1993)
King Of The Blues EMI/Shelter (1995)
Staying Home With The Blues Universal/Spectrum (1997)
The Best Of Freddie King: The Shelter Records Years The Right Stuff (2000)
The Best Of Freddie King MCA (2008)
Taking Care of Business Bear Family Records (2009)

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