Albert King...Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Posted by Dan O'Brien on 4/26/2013 2:46:00 PM.
I was asked recently who Albert King was and why was he inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.My first reaction was "what planet have you been living on these past years" but then realized that unless you were a guitar player or blues freak, you may not know.Albert was one of the most important blues guitarists ever and a major influence for most of the 60s and 70s super star players including,Clapton,Green and especially Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix.Albert was a big,big dude, 6'5" and 250 lbs who played a Gibson Flying V guitar flipped upside down because he was a lefty...To say the least, there wasnt anything subtle about Alberts sound!! He played with a minimum of notes but featured mean,powerful, crushing licks and violent overbends that would demand you sit still and listen ....OR ELSE!...Albert was one the first of the blues masters to cross over into the rock world,headlining at the Fillmore's and other rock clubs in the mid to late 60s,paving the way for all the other Chicago slingers.Albert was the first to bring the blues to the soul music scene,recording a number of records for the legendary Stax Records in Memphis,often using Booker T and the MGs as his backup band.Alberts bonecrunching minimalism is evident in allmost all Classic Rock guitar playing...Stevie Ray Vaughn idolized the big man and the song "Texas Flood," has Alberts technique smeared all over it.....I hear AK's signature licks all over the songs we play on WNLC,he influenced everyone...I often tell my guitar students every great player MUST take Albert King 101, to be a real player....Albert often bragged about his great friend Jimi Hendrix and must have been flattered that Mr Jimi had co-opted so much of his style....Somewhere,somehow,Im  sure they are jamming on the otherside of the Rainbow Bridge...if you listen hard!............. Dan O Brien

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