Albert King

Albert King

Albert Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and its title track.

He, B.B. King, and Freddie King, all unrelated, were known as the "Kings of the Blues."

Albert King was born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. One of 13 children, he grew up picking cotton on plantations.

King moved to Memphis, where he signed with the Stax record label and recorded with Booker T and The MGs and Steve Cropper.
The instrument he is usually associated with is a 1958 Gibson Flying V

In 1985 he recorded a studio television session, more than an hour long featuring the up-and-coming blues sensation Stevie Ray Vaughan. It proved very successful and increased his popularity again.

At the time of his death, he was planning a tour with B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
King died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992, in his Memphis home.