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The Rocking Freddie King

Posted by Joe Goldmark, September 15, 2015 06:30pm | Post a Comment

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You didn’t have to be named King to be a blues master…but it helped! The three kings of the blues were Freddie King, Bossa Nova BluesAlbert, B.B., and Freddie King. They were all great, but Freddie King rocked the hardest. He was also the only one to have instrumental hits. And, like the others he could also sing the heck out of the blues.

Freddie roughly had two stages to his career. While with King Records (of Freddie King, Let's Hide Awaycourse!) he started having instrumental hits in the early 1960s. Tunes like “Hideaway,” “The Stumble,” “San-Ho-Zay,” “Sen-Sa-Shun,” and “Side Tracked” put him on the map as a major guitar slinger. Then in 1967 he signed with the Atlantic subsidiary, Cotillion Records, and was able to break out of the chitlin’ circuit and into the rock world. He made a couple of interesting albums, then got his major break by signing with Shelter Records. He then made three wonderful albums, taking the blues to new and exciting places with tunes such as “Going Down,” “Palace of the King,” and “Livin’ on the Highway.”

Unfortunately, Freddie died at the young age of 42, in the prime of his career. However, he left us with some great recordings.



"Hideaway" (live on The Beat)


"The Stumble"


"San-Ho-Zay" (live on The Beat)


"Side Tracked"


"Going Down"


"Palace Of The King"

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