Albert King – Biography
Albert King, born April 25, 1923 on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi was one of America’s greatest blues guitarist and singer. His birth name was Albert Nelson. Along with BB King and Freddy King, he was considered as one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar”.
Albert King’s early career did not meet with much success until 1961 when he released “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong”. It became a major hit, reaching number fourteen on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart. In 1962, when his first album The Big Blues was released, The song was included.
A few more successes followed and in 1969, King performed live with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, he teamed up with many well known artists.
By the late 1980s, King began to muse about retirement, as he had health problems. He continued regular tours and appearances at blues festivals, using a customized Greyhound tour bus with “I’ll Play The Blues For You” painted on the side.
Shortly before his death, he was planning yet another overseas tour. His final album, Red House – named after the Jimi Hendrix song – was recorded in 1992. The album was largely ignored because of bad production quality and original copies of it are scarce.
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.