Freddie King was an influential American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of “the Three Kings” of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. Freddie King was an incredible and hugely influential blues man.
Look Over Yonder Wall – well what can I say? This is a funky version of Elmore James’ song. King phrases just in front of the changes. I am told that this adds tension – a trick used by Clapton & Bloomfield in later recordings.
He even plays behind his head – something we can see Stevie Ray Vaughan (Live @ The Mocambo) & Joe Bonamassa do much later on. And what about the 70’s clothing! Freddie was a real showman & a gentle giant of a man.
Freddie was also a great influence on Eric Clapton and many others who have followed Clapton & were Clapton’s contemporaries, such as Mick Taylor & Lonnie Mack.
Clapton freely admits that Freddie King was the first guitarist he tried to copy (in the John Mayall & The BluesBreakers years. As lovers of blues/rock music, we should be aware of where the influence for modern blues/rock came from.
Freddie was born in Gilmer, in the east of Texas in 1934 (the oldest of nine children). His family moved to Chicago in 1950. In 1962 he moved to Dallas, Texas. He died December 28, 1976. He was survived by his wife Jessie and seven children. He was only 42 year’s old. Another musician to die young. Buy his CD’s – try Burglar or Getting Ready…