Albert King (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992) was a great American blues guitarist and singer.
bought his first guitar for $1.25 sometime around 1931 (he later played
a left-handed Gibson Flying V), and his first inspiration was T-Bone
Walker. For a long while he had to work nonmusic jobs to survive
(including bulldozer operator and mechanic), but in the late '40s King
settled in Osceola, Arkansas, and worked local gigs with the In the
Groove Boys. Then, he migrated north, where he played drums for Jimmy
Reed and also sang and played guitar on his own singles, including
"Lonesome in My Bedroom" and "Bad Luck Blues" for the Parrot label in
King then moved to St. Louis and formed another band, but
he didn’t record again until 1959, when he signed to the local Bobbin
label. He worked for several small companies in the early ’60s,
including King Records, which released his 1961 hit "Don’t Throw Your
Love on Me Too Strong". But King’s real break came in 1966, when he
signed to Stax. Using the label’s famed Memphis sidemen, he cut some of
his best-known works, including "Laundromat Blues" (1966) and his album "Born Under a Bad Sign", made with Booker T. and the MG’s in 1967 (we will
continue with Albert King in the next post)...
For the time
being, we listen this Blues Giant in a very enjoyable video. The title
of the song is "Albert's Blues"...