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Albert King’s second album, released in 1967, became a bible for blues and rock guitarists, including Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His dynamic playing style is both precise and blistering on the title track, while the Stax house band—Booker T. & The M.G.’s—provides the soul fire and driving rhythms that elevate “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “Crosscut Saw” into much-imitated classics. Every track revitalizes and reinvigorates the blues, hinging on those unforgettable wailing licks that King squeezes from his guitar.


Born: April 25, 1923 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Albert King is truly a "King of the Blues," although he doesn't hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does -- his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's important to note that while almost all modern blues guitarists seldom play for long without falling...
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