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The King of Kings, part II

It's 1966. A young, chubby, pompadoured, shiny-suited, Freddie King (previously) steps out onto the soundstage at a Dallas PBS station for a knockoff of Shindig, evidently aimed at the local black audience, judging by the middle-aged white jive-talking host. But the backup band leader is Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, and there are high-school girls in Go-Go boots ready to rumble. And then, in glorious, sweating, funky, color, Freddie blows the doors off. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 19, 2012 - 35 comments

 

my baby left me, start'd me drinkin' on christmas day

When most folks think of "Christmas music" it's doubtful that their next thought will be "the blues", but along with "my baby" or "bad luck" or "leavin' in the morning", bluesmen have long included Christmas as lyric inspiration. Which bluesmen? Well... Sonny Boy Williamson, Freddie King, Blind Blake, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Milton, B.B. King, Smokey Hogg, Charley Jordan, and last but certainly not least, one of the most influential early bluesmen, Blind Lemon Jefferson.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 20, 2011 - 23 comments

Mike Rowe Remembers Fred King

Mike Rowe remembers his high school music teacher, Fred King. [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault on Sep 8, 2011 - 12 comments

Same Old Blues

Morning rain keeps on falling. Freddie King's classic performed by Joanne Shaw Taylor. [more inside]
posted by Mike Buechel on Nov 2, 2009 - 2 comments

So much that you tremble in pain

Have you ever loved a woman? Compare and contrast. [more inside]
posted by landis on Nov 28, 2007 - 49 comments

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