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Freddie King

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  • Year:
    2012
  • Inducted by:
    ZZ Top
  • Category:
    Early Influences
Freddie King

Hall of Fame Essay

2012

Ted Drodowski

Blues innovator Freddie King sang like a lion and struck his guitar’s strings with rattlesnake intensity. Those talents, along with his compositional brilliance, took King to the pinnacle of success in the blues world of the sixties and seventies.

Thanks to his ingenious gift for hooks and melodies, his 1961 instrumental hits, “Hide Away” and “San-Ho-Zay,” shattered the race-music barrier and crashed the pop charts. Kings songs, like his 1960 Federal Records single “You’ve Got to Love Her With a Feeling,” backed with “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” carry an emotional charge that still showers sparks across the decades.

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Freddie King

the "Texas Cannonball."

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