Albert was born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. His birth name is Albert Nelson, he started using the name Albert King in 1953 as an attempt to be associated with B.B King; he was billed as “B.B. King’s brother”. He also used the same nickname as B.B King, “Blues Boy”, and he named his guitar Lucy (B.B. King’s guitar was named Lucille). B.B. King later said: “He called his guitar ‘Lucy,’ and for a while, he went around saying he was my brother. That bothered me until I got to know him and realized he was right; he wasn’t my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in the blues.”
“Cadillac Assembly Line” is track #9 on the album Tomato Years
It was written by Rice, Mack.
Albert King was a giant in many respects, not the least of which in his stature. He was a big man and the Flying V guitar that was his weapon of choice was like a toy in his huge hands. He eschewed picks, preferring to pluck the strings with his fingers.
His bluesy bends and stinging notes influenced a later generation of players including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix, among others.
Albert King quickly began to perform for a wider audience, he played, which was then difficult to comprehend, for white listeners, among others in the Fillmore Auditorium, thanks to which his fans became e.g. Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Gary Moore, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He became an inspiration. It can be safely said that he contributed to the creation of the so-called white blues in the UK.