Fred says Freddie (or Freddy) King (born in Gilmer, Texas, on September 3, 1934 and died in Dallas, Texas, December 28, 1976) is a guitarist and American blues singer. He was one of the major influences of the British blues, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Stan Web and Stevie Ray Vaughan who repeated many of his songs, including the standards Have You Ever Loved a Woman (which he was not the author), The stumble or Hide Away. He was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and Rolling Stone magazine placed him # 15 in his list of the best guitarists of all time. He is, along with B.B. King and Albert King, one of the three kings of the blues guitar.
Guitarist and singer, Freddie King used tabs on his right hand (thumb plastic and metal for the index finger) and wore his shoulder strap, unusually, on the right shoulder.
Born in Gilmer, Texas, Freddie King moved to Chicago with his mother at the age of 16. He started playing at the clubs with two harmonica players Earl Payton and Little Sonny Cooper. He recorded his first song in 1956 for a small local label (El-Bee) and left his job to devote himself entirely to music in 1958. In 1960 Freddie King met the pianist Sonny Thomson who will train with Bill Willis in the bass and Philip Paul at the drums the main training with which he will carry out most of his career including Hide Away his biggest hit. Mentioned in the hit of Grand Funk Railroad We're an American Band like to play poker.
He died in 1976 from a stomach ulcer.