Saturday, April 4, 2009


"The Texas Cannonball King"

Freddie started playing guitar at the age of 6 years old and was highly influenced by Lightnin’ Hopkins. When he was 16 years old he won a bet that he could sit in with Howlin’ Wolf and soon thereafter began to sit in with all the bands in Chicago.

His single of the song 'Hide Away 'reached #5 on the Billboard R & B charts and #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was named after a Chicago blues club where many of the blues musicians of the era played. Although he attained much fame from the song it was originally sang by Hound Dog Taylor. His instrumentation in the song contains some of the most brilliant guitar licks in blues history.

Check out Freddie King in action:

informational sources:

Freddie King. Hide Away. The Federal Record Label.August 26, 1960

re-make of Hide Away on Freddie King Is A Blues Master Album(Cotillion SD 9004, produced by King Curtis). 1969.

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