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Dead Person of the Day December 28 – Freddie King

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As I stated in an earlier write-up – When one comes up, you take a second. Reflect, and enjoy.

Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976)

Guitarist and vocalist Freddie King (“The Texas Cannonball”) was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Chicago with his family when he graduated high school in 1949. Like T-Bone Walker, he took a style he’d begun to develop in Texas and grafted it onto the dominant blues sound of his new home; Walker contributed to the L.A. jump-blues sound, while King explored the grittier blues sound of Chicago’s South Side. When King finally began recording in 1960, his first sessions resulted in some of his finest work, including the famous instrumental “Hide Away.” The song soon became a benchmark for judging young blues guitarists: If the guitarist could cop “Hide Away,” he had chops to burn. Eric Clapton proved himself with this song on his first album with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. “Hide Away” was also a staple in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s live repertoire.

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