Happy Birthday Freddie King!

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 3, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Born September 3, 1934, Freddie "The Texas Cannonball" King would go on to become one of the most important electric blues guitarists in history, influencing such modern-day legends as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Lonnie Mack. King passed away on December 29, 1976, of heart failure. He was just 42.

Freddie King guitar tab and jam tracks

Though he left us prematurely, King's blues legacy is timeless. He rose to prominence in the early '60s on a wave of instrumentals including "The Stumble," "San-Ho-Zay," and of course, his signature song, "Hide Away," that along with his "Tore Down," would go on to become modern day blues standards.

For essential Freddie King, look to his 1961 debut, Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddy King, and his 1971 release, Getting Ready. Check out the video below to see Freddie performing "Hide Away" on the television show, "The Beat," in 1966.

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mojo59 on September 5, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Happy B-Day Freddie King. You may be gone but your music lives on forever. One of the 3 great Kings of the Blues world.