Freddie King

Birth name: Frederick Christian
Born: September 3, 1934
Gilmer, Texas, United States
Died: December 28, 1976
Dallas, Texas, United States
Instruments: Guitar, vocals
Years active: 1952–1976
Associated acts: Robert Lockwood, Jr., Sonny Thompson, Bill Willis, King Curtis, Leon Russell, Carl Radle, Eric Clapton, Jamie Oldaker, Tom Dowd, Mike Vernon, Steve Ferrone, Bobby Tench, P.P. Arnold, Jimmie Vaughan, Peter Green

Notable instruments

  • Gibson Les Paul guitar
  • Gibson ES-345



Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976), thought to have been born as Frederick Christian, originally recording as Freddy King, and nicknamed “the Texas Cannonball”, was an influential American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of “the Three Kings” of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King, as well as the youngest of the three.

Freddie King based his guitar style on Texas and Chicago influences and was one of the first bluesmen to have a multi-racial backing band onstage with him at live performances. He is best known for singles such as “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” (1960) and his Top 40 hit “Hide Away” (1961). He is also known for albums such as the early, instrumental-packed Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King (1961) and the later album Burglar (1974), which displayed King’s mature versatility as both player and singer in a range of blues and funk styles.

King had a twenty-year recording career and became established as an influential guitarist with hits for Federal Records, in the early 1960s. He inspired American musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie Vaughan and others. His influence was also felt in UK, through recordings by blues revivalists such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Chicken Shack. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. more at Wikipedia…