Saturday, December 08, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Freddie King
Song:Same Old Blues
The popular blues guitarist Freddie King is somewhat forgotten today because he died prematurely. He had a significant following in the late 60s-early 70s. He was born Sept. 3, 1934 in Gilmer, TX. His family moved to Chicago when he was 16 and he started playing in local blues clubs. He played sessions and recorded for King Records through the 60s. The records didn't sell but he built a following among other musicians, paricularly Eric Clapton & Leon Russell. Russell signed King to his Shelter label. Getting Ready was his first album for Shelter in 1971 and it sold very well. Russell brought in some of his buddies like Don Preston and also brought in Don Nix from Memphis to produce. He wrote several songs for the album including Same Old Blues. Nix was a sax player for hire and member of The Mar-Keys. He also recorded for Shelter. Later on Eric Clapton got King a contract with RSO Records. Freddie King was at the height of his popularity as a live performer when he died of a heart attack on Dec. 29, 1976 at age 42. Here's Freddie King performing Goin' Down in 1972.