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Freddie King Timeline


Freddie King is born outside Gilmer, Texas.


Freddie King's first session for the King/Federal label yields the classics " Hide Away" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman."


"Hide Away" enters the singles charts, where it will peak at #5 R&B and #29 pop.


"Lonesome Whistle Blues" enters the R&B singles chart, wheew it will quickly become his second Top 10 R&B hit, peaking at #8.


"San-Ho-Zay," another instrumental by Freddie King, enters the R&B singles chart, where it will peak at #4.


"I'm Tore Down" becomes the first of three Freddie King singles to enter the R&B singles chart within a week's time. "I'm Tore Down" will reach #5, followed by "Christmas Tears" (#26) and "See See Baby" (#21).


Freddie King undertakes his first tour of the U.K., where he's backed by the British blues band Chicken Shack.


Freddie King Is a Blues Master-- the first of two albums produced by sax player King Curtis for the Cotillion label-- is released.


The Texas International Pop Festival, held outside of Dallas, kicks off. Musical acts at the three-day event (held two weeks after Woodstock) include Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone and bluesman B.B. King, Freddie King and James Cotton.


Getting Ready, King's first album for Leon Russell's Shelter label, is released.


Texas Cannonball, King's second album for Shelter Records, is released.


Woman Across the River, King's third and final album for the Shelter label, is released. It will reach #158 on the Billboard album chart.


Burglar is released on RSO Records. The track "Sugar Sweet" is produced by Tom Dowd and includes Eric Clapton on guitar.


Larger Than Life, King's second album for RSO Records, is released. It will be the final album of his career.


Freddie King performs at the New York Ballroom in Dallas, Texas. It will be his last performance.


Freddie King dies of heart failure and bleedign ulcers. He is 42 years old.


Freddie King is buried in Dallas. His honorary pallbearers are Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis and Carl Radle.


Texas governor Ann Richards declares this day to be Freddie King Day, in honor of the blues guitarist who was born in Texas and spent much of his life there.


King of the Blues, a double-disc compilation of Freddie King's work on Shelter Records, is released on EMI.


Freddie King: The Ultimate Collection, a career-spanning single-disc compilation, is released on Hip-O Records.


Freddie King is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top are his presenters.