Anytime you listen to Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Derek Trucks and countless other well-known guitarists, you are hearing the spirit of Albert King shining through. One of the most revered and influential guitarists in the history of the blues, King left a blues legacy equaled perhaps only by someone who shared his last name and small Mississippi hometown: B.B. King. Born in 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi, Albert King learned to sing and play guitar in church, but his main inspiration was T-Bone Walker. King bought his first guitar for $1.25 and lived in Arkansas, Memphis, St. Louis and Chicago during his long career.
King’s biggest hits occurred after he was signed by the legendary Memphis label Stax in 1966. With Booker T. & the M.G.’s as his backing band, King cut such seminal tracks as “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Crosscut Saw,” and “As the Years go Passing By.” King performed actively until his death from a heart attack in 1992.
“Dust My Broom” was written and originally recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936 and has become a standard that has been recorded by everyone from Elmore James and Howlin’ Wolf to John Mayall and ZZ Top. Albert King recorded his version in 1984 for the Stax release I’m in a Phone Booth, Baby.
Enjoy Earl King from our Blues Party album!