This profile of the great guitarist Freddie King seems to have been written by a family member:
Freddie was born in Gilmer Texas on September 3 1934 with the given name of Freddy King to Ella May King and J.T. Christian. My father’s mother told him that her grandfather ( who was a full-blooded Choctaw Indian) prophesied to her that she would have a child that will stir the souls of millions and inspire and influence generations. My grandmother and her brother Leon played the guitar. Freddie’s mother recognized early her first born interest in music. She and her brother Leon began teaching him to play rural country blues at the age of six. His early music heroes were Sam Lightnin Hopkins (who he credits his proficiency of the down home thumb-finger picken style) and Louis Jordan (the jump blues saxophonist). He told me that he would play Jordan’s record over and over again until he could match his horn, note for note. This discipline would have a major impact on his phrasing. (Continue Reading…)
The last section is quite interesting:
His spirits was soon lifted with the success of his first overseas tour in 1968. He was originally booked for a month and it was extended to three. He was amazed by his popularity in England, a new generation of young white musicians like Eric Clapton,MickTaylor, and others were trying to emulate Freddie King. In 1969 Freddie hires a new manager Jack Calmes. Jack is young, white and part of the “counter culture” that has discovered the blues. Jack helped orchestrate Freddie’s career into high gear with the 1969 Texas Pop Festival,there he shared billing with Led Zeppelin, Sly and the family stone,Ten years After, B.B. King, among others, ” Led Zeppelin’s guys were standing there watching him perform with their mouth open” Jack said. Calmes secured a contract deal for Freddie with Leon Russell’s new label Shelter Records . Leon had been a fan of Freddie’s sizzling guitar style for years. Leon was now creating the Oklahoma blues culture with the start up of his own label. Leon Russell record label included Joe Cocker and The Nitty Gitty Dirt Band. Leon spared no expense the sessions were top shelf he flew the studio crew to Chicago and recorded the first album “Getting Ready” at the old Chess Records studio. Freddie was allowed to showcase his showmanship, Leon wanted the listening audience to experience the brilliance and raw essences of Freddie King. Shelter was the perfect springbroad for Freddie’s style of blues, hard driving and, in your face. This collaboration put Freddie into the mainstream of the white blues /rock explosion. The release of “Getting Ready” produced Freddie’s signature blues/rock hit “Going Down”. (Continue Reading…)
It’s amazing how much of the great music of the that era somehow involved Leon Russell.
Above is Hideaway, which was a big hit for King. He seems to sample Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn towards the end. Apparently, the band was instructed to not stand still. Below is a blistering version of Ain’t Nobody’s Business, a blues standard most closely associated with Billie Holliday.
There was always something about The Rolling Stones I couldn’t stand. It was confusing, because I love the music.
Now I know what it is. Please check out the picture accompanying this nice AP review of the band performing during The 50th Anniversary Bank Account Replenishment Mini Tour.
Forget Jagger — the front guy has to dress up (and even his Bar Mitzvah MC get up is a bit subdued). It seems that the rest have decided to just show up and play rock and roll.That’s far better than the posturing, studied coolness and self-reverence that always characterized the band. It was okay in, say, 1970. But it got dumber, more embarrassing and finally a bit creepy as times changed and decades passed.
Now The Stones finally look like what they are: Old guys who still know how to rock. There is nothing wrong with that. Just ask Neil Young. It’s kind of funny: After about 1980 The Rolling Stones became the world’s best Rolling Stones tribute band (probably). Maybe they actually can become creative again. The new song, Doom and Gloom, is good.
Above is Sympathy for the Devil from the November 25 show with the great Mick Taylor on lead.