( Albert King )
1923 to 1992.

Charles Brown. Back Arrow First page Blues Story Blues List Next Arrow Jimmy Witherspoon.

Albert King. Albert Nelson is born in Indianola, Mississippi, on 25 April 1923. His father, a travelling preacher, died in 1936 while he was young, leaving a family of 13, his mother took the family west to Arkansas and raised them on a farn near Forrest City.

He begins playing with the In The Groove Boys in 1948.

In November 1953 Albert took a trip into Chicago to cut his first single, 'Bad Luck Blues' / 'Be on Your Merry Way' for the Parrot record label. By now he must have decided to drop him real name: the record was issued by Albert King.

He moves to St Louis in 1956, where he gains confidence as a performer and in 1959 he starts making singles for the Bobbin record label.

His first album, The Big Blues, is released in 1962 and he joins the Stax label in 1966, the following year, Albert, backed by Booker T. & the MG's, cuts the blues classic 'Born Under a Bad Sign'.

He plays through the sound system in concerts at both the Fillmore East, New York, and the Fillmore West, San Francisco in 1968, and he records King Does The King's Thing, in 1969, a tribute to Elvis Presley.

On his album I'll Play the Blues for Youreleased in 1972, he is backed by the Memphis Horns. I Wanna Get Funky released in 1974, finds Albert incorporating new influences in his blues.

In 1978 he collaborates with producer and arranger Allen Toussaint on the album New Orleans Heat.

After a spell in the doldrums, Albert makes a comeback in 1983 with the album San Francisco '83.

Albert enjoys further success in 1986 with the album I'm in a Phone Booth, Baby, borrowing a Robert Cray song for the title track.

He guests on the Gary Moore albums Still Got the Blues and After Hours in 1990.

By now Albert had forced himself firmly back in the blues saddle, and the only thing that threatened to unseat him was his unreliable health: he was suffering from diabetes and heart problems. Towards the end of his life he did appear to have lost some of his taste for performing, and he would sometimes talk about retiring from music and spend his time fishing.

Albert King dies on 21 December 1992.

Mississippi Flag.

Click inside to view Larger Map.

Albert King.
Click inside to view Larger Picture.

If you prefer you can send a private email to John or Jules.

To Top

Copyright © 1998 to 2013. - Red Ball - These pages created by John Meekings.