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Freddie King
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    (September 3, 1934-December 28, 1976)
    Born in Gilmer, Texas
    Nicknamed 'The Texas Cannonball'
    Recorded the singles 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' and 'Hide Away'
    Recorded the albums 'Freddy King Sings' (1960), 'Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King' (1961), 'Bonanza of Instrumentals' (1965), 'Freddie King Sings Again' (1965), 'Freddie King Is A Blues Master' (1969), 'My Feeling for the Blues' (1970), 'Getting Ready' (1971), 'Burglar' (1974) and 'Larger Than Life' (1975)
    One of the 'Three Kings of Blues Guitar' with B.B. King and Albert King
    He was rejected by Chess Records, which thought he sounded too much like B.B. King.
    He seemed to have trouble deciding if his first name should be spelled 'Freddy' or 'Freddie.'
    He tried to cash in on musical fads with the albums 'Bossa Nova and the Blues' and 'Freddy King Goes Surfin.' (both 1963)
    His instrumental 'Hide Away' became a blues and rock staple and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.'
    He was name-checked in Grand Funk Railroad's 'We're An American Band.'
    Eric Clapton said, 'I think of all the people I've ever played with, the most stimulating in an onstage situation was Freddie King.'

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