A report on Albert King

King in 1978
King at Fillmore East, October 1968, with his Gibson Flying V guitar. Photo: Grant Gouldon
King in Chicago, 1981

American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists.

- Albert King
King in 1978

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Blues

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Music genre and musical form which originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs and spirituals.

Music genre and musical form which originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs and spirituals.

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Blues legend B.B. King with his guitar, "Lucille"
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Eric Clapton performing at Hyde Park, London, in June 2008
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During this period, Freddie King and Albert King often played with rock and soul musicians (Eric Clapton and Booker T & the MGs) and had a major influence on those styles of music.

Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2017

Eric Clapton

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English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2017
Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the first time in 1964, Clapton has since performed at the venue over 200 times.
Clapton (right) as a member of Cream
Clapton's The Fool guitar (replica shown), with its bright artwork and famous "woman tone", was symbolic of the 1960s psychedelic rock era.
Blind Faith in 1969, with Clapton standing far right
Clapton (right) with Derek and the Dominos
Eric Clapton in Barcelona, 1974
Yvonne Elliman with Clapton promoting 461 Ocean Boulevard in 1974
A seven-times Platinum RIAA certification for the album Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton (1982)
Tina Turner and Clapton performing at Wembley Arena, 18 June 1987
George Harrison and Clapton at the Prince's Trust Concert, Wembley Arena, London, 1987
Clapton performing in Argentina in 1990
Clapton performing for Tsunami Relief Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 22 January 2005
Clapton performing at the Ahoy Arena of Rotterdam on 1 June 2006
Clapton (left) and actor Bill Murray kicking off the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Illinois on 27 July 2007
Clapton (right) performing with the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre, New York City in March 2009
Clapton, Keb' Mo' and Buddy Guy at the Crossroads Guitar Festival on 26 June 2010
Clapton in Prague, June 2013, during his 50th Celebration World Tour
Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 during his A Celebration of 50 Years of Music tour
Clapton and B.B. King in 2010
Clapton's handprints (far right) with other members of the Yardbirds at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Clapton with "Blackie" while on tour in the Netherlands, 1978. Clapton recorded hits such as "Cocaine", "I Shot the Sheriff", "Wonderful Tonight", "Further On Up the Road" and "Lay Down Sally" on Blackie
Clapton playing an Eric Clapton Stratocaster at the Hard Rock Calling concert in Hyde Park, London in 2008
Clapton's Lead II Fender, the first ever piece of memorabilia donated to the Hard Rock Cafe, London in 1979
Clapton's handprints in Hollywood, California
Ferrari SP12 EC built for Clapton under Ferrari's Special Projects programme
Auction of Clapton's guitars and amps in aid of the Crossroads Centre
Clapton and Tracy Chapman on stage at a White House Special Olympics dinner, December 1998

Clapton cites Muddy Waters, Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy and Hubert Sumlin as guitar-playing influences.

Ike Turner performing in 1972

Ike Turner

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American musician, bandleader, songwriter, record producer, and talent scout.

American musician, bandleader, songwriter, record producer, and talent scout.

Ike Turner performing in 1972
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Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, where in 1951 Turner and the Kings of Rhythm recorded Rocket 88, one of the first rock and roll records. Turner would later work at the studio as in-house producer for Sam Phillips.
Ike & Tina Turner performing in Hamburg, Germany in 1972
Ike & Tina Turner arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 1971
Ike Turner performing at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1997

In 1961, Turner played piano on Albert King's first hit record, "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong".

Al Jackson Jr.

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American drummer, producer, and songwriter.

American drummer, producer, and songwriter.

During his tenure at Stax, he became one of the most influential drummers in the history of recorded music, providing an instantly recognizable backbeat behind the label's artists, including Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and blues guitarist Albert King (whose work Jackson also produced).

King in a 1980s publicity photo

B.B. King

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American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer.

American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer.

King in a 1980s publicity photo
Poster of B.B. King and Bill Harvey and Orchestra with photo of B.B. King holding his guitar and Evelyn Young playing saxophone
King on stage in Hamburg 1971
King playing his favorite guitar, Lucille, in the 1980s
The story of a guitar named Lucille
King at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, in May 2007
President Obama and King singing "Sweet Home Chicago" on February 21, 2012
King at the 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival
Sign outside B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street, Memphis
Early publicity photo of B.B. King
B.B. King receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush, December 2006
Commemorative guitar pick honoring "B.B. King Day" in Portland, Maine

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", and is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King, none of whom are related).

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s

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American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

American instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.

Booker T. & the M.G's c. undefined 1967 (L–R): Donald "Duck" Dunn, Booker T. Jones (seated), Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr.
Booker T. & the M.G.'s in Tunica, Mississippi, 2002

In the 1960s, as members of the Mar-Keys, the rotating slate of musicians that served as the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists including Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King.

Bell in 1971

William Bell (singer)

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American soul singer and songwriter.

American soul singer and songwriter.

Bell in 1971

As a songwriter, Bell co-authored the Chuck Jackson hit "Any Other Way" (which was a cover since Bell issued it first) as a follow-up to "You Don't Miss Your Water"; Billy Idol's 1986 hit "To Be a Lover", which was first a hit for Bell under its original title "I Forgot to Be Your Lover"; and the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", popularized by both Albert King and Cream.

Jones in 2009

Booker T. Jones

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American musician, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

American musician, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

Jones in 2009
Booker T. Jones's childhood home on Edith Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee
Booker T. playing organ at the Petaluma Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival, August 2009

He wrote, with Eddie Floyd, "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)", Otis Redding's "I Love You More Than Words Can Say", and, with William Bell, bluesman Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" (later popularized by the cover version recorded by the British power trio Cream).

Born Under a Bad Sign

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Born Under a Bad Sign is the second compilation album by American blues musician Albert King, released in August 1967 by Stax Records.

Freddie King performing in Paris, France, in 1975

Freddie King

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American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Freddie King performing in Paris, France, in 1975
King in Amsterdam, 1973

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).