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Albert King

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  • Year:
    2013
  • Inducted by:
    John Mayer
  • Category:
    Performers
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Hall of Fame Essay

2013

Andy Schwartz

Everything about Albert King was big. 

He stood six feet four inches tall and weighed more than two hundred and fifty pounds. One fan who met the great blues guitarist and vocalist later recalled that “his hand was literally twice the size of mine.” 

He played a big guitar, a triangular Gibson Flying V shaped like a rocket ship. He named it “Lucy” and played upside-down and left-handed without reversing the order of the strings. And he could play it loud, especially onstage, where his searing, overdriven lead lines streaked feedback like jet trails from a 747.

He is the reason guitar players break high E strings.

John Mayer

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