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Happy Birthday Albert King






Wiki Bio


” One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with B.B. King and Freddie King), Albert King stood 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) (some reports say 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)) and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) and was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer”. He was born Albert Nelson on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. During his childhood he would sing at a family gospel group at a church where his father played the guitar. One of 13 children, King grew up picking cotton on plantations near Forrest City, Arkansas, where the family moved when he was eight.”




” He began his professional work as a musician with a group called In The Groove Boys in Osceola, Arkansas. Moving north to Gary, Indiana and later St. Louis, Missouri, he briefly played drums for Jimmy Reed‘s band and on several early Reed recordings. Influenced by blues musicians Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson, the electric guitar became his signature instrument, his preference being the Gibson Flying V which he named “Lucy”. King earned his nickname “The Velvet Bulldozer” during this period as he drove one of them and also worked as a mechanic to make a living.”




” King moved to Gary, Indiana in the early 1950s, then to Chicago in 1953 where he cut his first single for Parrot Records, but it was only a minor regional success. He then went back to St. Louis in 1956 and formed a new band. During this period, he settled on using the Flying V as his primary guitar. He resumed recording in 1959 with his first minor hit, “I’m a Lonely Man,” written by Little Milton, who was Bobbin Records A&R man, a fellow guitar hero, and responsible for King’s signing with the label.”









AllMusic Bio


” 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 KingAlbert 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 into a B.B. King guitar cliché, Albert King never does — he’s had his own style and unique tone from the beginning.”




” Albert King plays guitar left-handed, without re-stringing the guitar from the right-handed setup; this “upside-down” playing accounts for his difference in tone, since he pulls down on the same strings that most players push up on when bending the blues notes. King‘s massive tone and totally unique way of squeezing bends out of a guitar string has had a major impact. Many young white guitarists — especially rock & rollers — have been influenced by King‘s playing, and many players who emulate his style may never have heard of Albert King, let alone heard his music. His style is immediately distinguishable from all other blues guitarists, and he’s one of the most important blues guitarists to ever pick up the electric guitar.”







” Albert King left Bobbin in late 1962 and recorded one session for King Records in the spring of 1963, which were much more pop-oriented than his previous work; the singles issued from the session failed to sell. Within a year, he cut four songs for the local St. Louis independent label Coun-Tree, which was run by a jazz singer named Leo Gooden. Though these singles didn’t appear in many cities — St. Louis, Chicago, and Kansas City were the only three to register sales — they foreshadowed his coming work with Stax Records. Furthermore, they were very popular within St. Louis, so much so that Gooden resented King‘s success and pushed him off the label.”




” Following his stint at Coun-Tree, Albert King signed with Stax Records in 1966. Albert‘s records for Stax would bring him stardom, both within blues and rock circles. All of his ’60s Stax sides were recorded with the label’s house band, Booker T. & the MG’s, which gave his blues a sleek, soulful sound. That soul underpinning gave King crossover appeal, as evidenced by his R&B chart hits — “Laundromat Blues” (1966) and “Cross Cut Saw” (1967) both went Top 40, while “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967) charted in the Top 50. Furthermore, King‘s style was appropriated by several rock & roll players, most notably Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, who copied Albert‘s “Personal Manager” guitar solo on the Cream song, “Strange Brew.” Albert King‘s first album for Stax, 1967’s Born Under a Bad Sign, was a collection of his singles for the label and became one of the most popular and influential blues albums of the late ’60s. Beginning in 1968, Albert King was playing not only to blues audiences, but also to crowds of young rock & rollers. He frequently played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco and he even recorded an album, Live Wire/Blues Power, at the hall in the summer of 1968.”




” Early in 1969, King recorded Years Gone By, his first true studio album. Later that year, he recorded a tribute album to Elvis Presley (Blues for Elvis: Albert King Does the King’s Things) and a jam session with Steve Cropper and Pops Staples (Jammed Together), in addition to performing a concert with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. For the next few years, Albert toured America and Europe, returning to the studio in 1971, to record the Lovejoy album. In 1972, he recorded I’ll Play the Blues for You, which featured accompaniment from the Bar-Kaysthe Memphis Horns, and the Movement. The album was rooted in the blues, but featured distinctively modern soul and funk overtones.”






Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Bio


” In 1969, King performed live with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, forming what was called an “87-piece blues band.” During the early Seventies, he recorded the album Lovejoy with a group of white rock singers and an Elvis Presley tribute album, Albert King Does the King’s Things. King continued to tour throughout the Seventies, and in June 1970, he joined the Doors onstage at a show in Vancouver, Canada.”




” King’s sound underwent a major change in the Seventies, as he teamed up with the Bar-Kays and the Memphis Horns on the albums I’ll Play the Blues for You and I Wanna Get Funky. That partnership gave his music a much funkier sound than it had on his earlier recordings, and the former album’s title track became one of his signature songs. King also worked with Allen Toussaint and some of the Meters during this period.”






Cascade Blues Bio

 ”  If the annals are ever logged as to who the most influential guitar greats of all time were, then there would be no question regarding the inclusion of the three “Kings” of the Blues: B.B.Freddie and Albert. There is little doubt of the impact that each of these artists brought to the future sounds of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Albert King was a master of the single-string attack and was intrigued by Blues performers that he heard while growing up outside of Memphis. In turn, he influenced a new generation of guitar players that would include the likes of Jimi HendrixEric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”

”  On February 1, 1968, Albert King shared a bill that included John Mayall and Jimi Hendrix for opening night at a new venue in San Francisco called The Fillmore Auditorium. This popular music hall would become a second home for King, and later that same year he returned to record a live album “Live Wire / Blues Power” became one of the best-selling Live Blue! recordings ever and helped establishKing’s career further. Two other albums were released in the early 1990s that were taped during these same performances (“Wednesday Night In San Francisco: Recorded Live At The Fillmore Auditorium” and “Thursday Night In San Francisco…”  Though weaker than the original both serve as true testaments to the talents of Albert King’s guitar.”

” King continued to record with Stax, until the demise of the label in the mid-1970s. The output of this period included some strange mixtures for a Blues musician. In 1969, Albert became the first Blues performer to perform with a symphony orchestra in a concert that teamed him with the St. Louis Symphony. He recorded the album “Lovejoy “at Muscle Shoals with white Southern rockers and even released a tribute album to Elvis Presley, “Blues For Elvis: Albert King Does The King’s Things“. There was even an appearance on a comedy LP by Albert Brooks, “A Star Is Bought“. After Staxfolded, King would record for a number of labels that would include TomatoUtopia and Fantasy, until he decided to retire in the mid-1980s. Though Albert King had given up on recording, he still managed to find time to perform. He made cameo appearances on albums by up-coming Bluesmen like Chris Cain (“Cuttin’ Loose“) and Gary Moore (“Still Got The Blues“). He also made frequent stops at Blues festivals around the world, continuing to influence new generations of guitarists including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray.”

” King played his final concert in Los Angeles on December 19, 1992. He died two days later at home in Memphis after suffering a sudden heart attack. After his funeral, a procession was led down Beale Street in a true New Orleans-style Jazz tradition, as the hearse bearing King’s body was led by the Memphis Horns playing “When The Saints Go Marching In“. King was laid to rest across the Mississippi River in the Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Arkansas, not far from where he spent his childhood.”   

“Albert King has been honored by The Blues Foundation with his induction into their Hall of Fame. Both “Born Under A Bad Sign” and “Live Wire / Blues Power” are also honored as Classics of Blues Recordings. But, the real honor for King is the love and everlasting respect that so many of his peers have given him. Stevie Ray Vaughan would call him “Daddy” and John Lee Hooker named him as one of his all-time favorite guitarists. Michael Bloomfield once said, “Albert can take four notes and write a volume. He can say more with fewer notes than anyone I’ve ever known.”  B.B. King stated in his autobiography “He wasn’t my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in Blues.”  Albert King’s legend will live on.  Every time a Blues or Rock combo is on stage, in an arena or small nightclub, or just playing in their garage and grinds into “Born Under A Bad Sign” or “Crosscut Saw“, his influence will be shining true.”




” King died on December 21, 1992 from a heart attack in his Memphis, Tennessee home. His final concert had been in Los Angeles two days earlier. He was given a funeral procession with the Memphis Horns playing “When The Saints Go Marching In” and buried in Edmondson, Arkansas near his childhood home. B.B. King eulogized him by stating “Albert wasn’t my brother in blood, but he was my brother in blues.”

On December 11th, 2012, it was announced that King would be posthumously inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “





 Albert Nelson King


    Apr. 25, 1923-Dec. 21, 1992






Born Under A Bad Sign

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Live Wire / Blues Power

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Albert King , Steve Cropper & Pops Staples – Jammed Together ‎ ◄ (5 versions)




King Of The Blues Guitar

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Years Gone By

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King Does The King’s Thing

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I’ll Play The Blues For You

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I Wanna Get Funky

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Albert King / Chico Hamilton / Little Milton – Montreux Festival ‎ ◄ (3 versions)




Travelin “To California

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King Records (3)



Truckload Of Lovin’

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Utopia (2)



Albert Live

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Utopia (2)



The Pinch

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King Albert

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New Orleans Heat

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San Francisco ’83

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I’m In A Phone Booth Baby

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The Lost Session

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Blues At Sunrise

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Thursday Night In San Francisco

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Stax Records



Wednesday Night In San Francisco

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Red House

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Crosscut Saw – Albert King In San Francisco

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Mean, Mean Blues

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Highland Music



Albert King With Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session ‎ ◄ (9 versions)




Live 69

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Talkin’ Blues

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Thirsty Ear



The Big Blues

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Sundazed Music



Live At The Blues Festival

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MTV Biography

Albert King: inducted in 2013 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …

Albert King, Mississippi Blues musician – Mississippi writers …

Albert King | Bio, Pictures, Videos | Rolling Stone

Albert King – Profile and Biography of Blues Guitarist Albert King …

Albert King Biography – Musician Biographies


Wattstax (1973)

Albert King – Live 1/7/78 Full Show

Albert King – Maintenance Shop Blues (Live 1981)

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers 1982 Jam With Albert King , Etta James …

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King in session 1983

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan — In Session 2010 1983

B.B. King & Albert King – Japan Blues Carnival 1989

Albert King / Canned Heat Aussie Tour 1990

LiveLeak.com – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – ALBERT KING


Albert King – Interview

Albert King – Interview 2

Greg Koch On Meeting Albert King • Wildwood Guitars Story





Albert King – King Albert Vinyl Records, CDs and LPs

iTunes – Music – Albert King – Apple

Albert King on Spotify

Amazon.com: Albert King

Albert King – Listen to Free Music on Pandora …












Happy Birthday Ronnie Earl



Ronnie Earl And The Broadcasters – Hope Radio 2007








Published on Sep 25, 2012

” Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters – Hope Radio 2007

2.Bobby’s Bop
3.Blues for the Homeless
4.Eddie’s Gospel Groove
5.I Am with You
6.Kay My Dear
7.New Gospel Tune
8.Blues for Otis Rush
9.Blues for the West Side
10.Lightnin’ Hopkins Thing
12.I Shall Not Be Moved

Ronnie Earl: Guitars
Lorne Entress: Drums
Dave Limina: Piano, Hammond Organ
Jimmy Mouradian: Bass
Special Guests: Nick Adams: Guitar, Michael “Mudcat” Ward: Upright Bass, Electric Bass and Piano
Filmed and Recorded Live At: Wellspring Sound Acton, Massachusetts April 21 and 22, 2007 “





” One of the finest blues guitarists to emerge during the ’80s, Ronnie Earl often straddled the line between blues and jazz, throwing in touches of soul and rock as well. His versatility made him one of the few blues guitarists capable of leading an almost entirely instrumental outfit, and his backing band the Broadcasters became one of the more respected working units in contemporary blues over the course of the ’90s, following Earl‘s departure from Roomful of Blues.

  Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath in Queens, NY, on March 10, 1953. He didn’t start playing guitar until after he entered college at Boston University in the early ’70s and became fascinated with the local blues scene. Developing his craft quickly, he landed a job in the house band of the Speakeasy Club in Cambridge, MA, and changed his last name to the bluesier-sounding Earl in tribute to Earl Hooker, one of his favorite influences. Prior to the name switch, he’d made some recordings for the small Baron label under his original moniker beginning in 1977, first backing Guitar Johnny & the Rhythm Rockers, then as a founding member of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with harmonica player/singer Sugar Ray Norcia. In 1979, Earl was invited to replace Duke Robillard in the prominent Rhode Island band Roomful of Blues, whose swinging jump blues revivalist sound demanded a jazz sensibility as well as ample blues feeling. Earl spent the next eight years with Roomful of Blues and watched their national profile grow steadily larger.

  Meanwhile, Earl also made a few recordings on his own for Black Top Records, forming the first versions of the Broadcasters in the early ’80s. He released his first solo album, Smokin’, in 1983 and followed it with They Call Me Mr. Earl in 1984 (both of those albums were later compiled on the CD Deep Blues). Still, they were a sidelight to his main gig with Roomful of Blues — that is, until he left the band in 1987 to make a go of it as a solo artist and bandleader in his own right. A new version of the Broadcasters debuted in 1988 on Soul Searchin’, which featured vocalist Darrell Nulisch, harmonica player Jerry Portnoy (ex-Muddy Waters), bassist Steve Gomes, and drummer Per Hanson. Peace of Mind followed in 1990, as did I Like It When It Rains, a live album on Antone’s that actually dated from 1986. Released in 1991,Surrounded by Love reunited Earl with Sugar Ray Norcia and also proved the last in his long string of Black Top releases. “





Albums Compilations DVDs & Videos All

    Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings  
  Smokin' 1983 Smokin’ Black Top  
Deep Blues
1985 Deep Blues Hep-Cat / Hepcat Records  
Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party
1987 Hubert Sumlin’s Blues Party album review Shout! Factory  
Soul Searchin'
1988 Soul Searchin’ Black Top  
Peace of Mind
1990 Peace of Mind album review    
I Like It When It Rains
1990 I Like It When It Rains Antone’s  
Healing Feeling
1990 Healing Feeling album review Shout! Factory  
Surrounded by Love
1991 Surrounded by Love album review Black Top  
Still River
1994 Still River album review Audioquest Records  
Language of the Soul
1994 Language of the Soul album review Bullseye Blues  
Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe
1995 Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe album review Bullseye Blues  
Blues and Forgiveness
1995 Blues and Forgiveness CCR Records  
Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads
1996 Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads album review Rounder Select / Bullseye Blues  
Eye to Eye
1996 Eye to Eye album review Audioquest Records  
Blues Union
1996 Blues Union album review Audioquest Records  
The Colour of Love
1997 The Colour of Love album review Verve / Polygram  
Healing Time
2000 Healing Time album review Telarc Distribution  
Ronnie Earl and Friends
2001 Ronnie Earl and Friendsalbum review Telarc Blues / Telarc Distribution  
I Feel Like Goin' On
2003 I Feel Like Goin’ On album review Stony Plain  
Now My Soul
2004 Now My Soul album review Stony Plain  
The Duke Meets the Earl
2005 The Duke Meets the Earlalbum review Stony Plain  
Hope Radio
2007 Hope Radio album review Stony Plain  
Living in the Light
2009 Living in the Light album review Stony Plain  
Spread the Love
2010 Spread the Love album review Stony Plain  
Just for Today
2013 Just for Today album review Stony Plain  
Good News
2014 Good News album review Stony Plain  




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Year Title Label Editors’ Rating
Elvis Presley [1956]
Elvis Presley [1956] RCA/BMG / BMG
Elvis [1956]
Elvis [1956] BMG International
Loving You
Loving You BMG International
Elvis' Christmas Album
Elvis’ Christmas Album RCA Victor
King Creole
King Creole RCA
For LP Fans Only
For LP Fans Only RCA Victor
A Date with Elvis
A Date with Elvis BMG International
Elvis Is Back!/Something for Everybody
Elvis Is Back!/Something for Everybody DCC Compact Classics
G.I. Blues
G.I. Blues BMG
His Hand in Mine
His Hand in Mine RCA
Something for Everybody
Something for Everybody RCA
Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii RCA Victor
Pot Luck with Elvis
Pot Luck with Elvis RCA / BMG International
It Happened at the World's Fair
It Happened at the World’s Fair Follow Dream
Fun in Acapulco
Fun in Acapulco Bmg / Sony Music Entertainment
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Girls! Girls! Girls! BMG / Custom Marketing Group / Sony Music Entertainment
1964 Kissin’ Cousins
Roustabout BMG / Custom Marketing Group / Sony Music Entertainment
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas Sony Music Entertainment
Girl Happy
Girl Happy BMG / Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment
Elvis for Everyone!
Elvis for Everyone! RCA Victor
Harum Scarum
Harum Scarum RCA Victor
1965 Tickle Me
Frankie and Johnny
Frankie and Johnny BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Paradise, Hawaiian Style Follow That Dream
1966 Spinout
How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou Art RCA
Double Trouble
Double Trouble
Clambake BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
1968 Speedway
NBC-TV Special ['68 Comeback]
NBC-TV Special [’68 Comeback] RCA
1968 NBC-TV Special RCA
1968 Shake, Rattle & Roll [MBop Direct] MBop Direct/Sound & Vision
From Elvis in Memphis
From Elvis in Memphis RCA
1969 From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis RCA
Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada RCA Victor
On Stage
On Stage RCA
Back in Memphis
Back in Memphis RCA Victor
That's the Way It Is
That’s the Way It Is RCA
Elvis Country
Elvis Country RCA
Love Letters from Elvis
Love Letters from Elvis RCA Victor
Elvis Now
Elvis Now RCA
He Touched Me
He Touched Me RCA
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden RCA
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite RCA
Raised on Rock
Raised on Rock RCA
Good Times
Good Times RCA
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis RCA
Promised Land
Promised Land RCA Victor
Today BMG / Bmg
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee BMG Japan / RCA
Moody Blue
Moody Blue RCA
Elvis in Concert
Elvis in Concert RCA
1978 Memories of Elvis RCA
Elvis: The Fool Album
Elvis: The Fool Album RCA / BMG International
Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas
Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas RCA
Viva Elvis: The Album
Viva Elvis: The Album Legacy / RCA
Elvis Presley: Live! RCA
Loving You [Into U]
Loving You [Into U] INTO U
The American Music Heritage, Vol. 2: 1956-1957
The American Music Heritage, Vol. 2: 1956-1957 Frémeaux

Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock 1957 colour


Actor (31 titles)

1969The Trouble with Girls
Walter Hale
Steve Grayson
1968Stay Away, Joe
Joe Lightcloud
Scott Hayward/’Tom Wilson’
1967Double Trouble
Guy Lambert
1967Easy Come, Easy Go
Ted Jackson
1966Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Rick Richards
1965Harum Scarum
Johnny Tyronne
Charlie Rogers
1964Viva Las Vegas
Lucky Jackson
1962Girls! Girls! Girls!
Ross Carpenter
1962Kid Galahad
Walter Gulick
1961Wild in the Country
Glenn Tyler
1960Flaming Star
Pacer Burton
1960G.I. Blues
Tulsa McLean
1957Loving You
Deke Rivers

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