Poll: Albert, B.B. or Freddie King — Who Is the Real “King” of the Blues?
Exactly why legendary blues guitarists Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King never got together to make a blues-themed Christmas album called We Three Kings is one of the great mysteries of the universe.
I figure it would've been an obvious move.
However, one thing that isn't so obvious is this: Who among the three axe-wielding Kings — Albert, B.B. or Freddie (no relation, by the way) — should be considered the king of Kings?
Was it the late Albert King, whose famous "Albert King bend" was the cornerstone of Stevie Ray Vaughan's slow-blues technique? Was it the late Freddie King (who was born on this date in 1934), whose early-'60s instrumentals inspired Eric Clapton to grab a Les Paul and morph into "God" for a year-plus? Or is it B.B. King, who can say more with one note than (fill in the blank) can say with 90 notes?
Cast your vote below!
P.S.: My vote goes to Freddie, based on one album — Let's Hide Away and Dance Away — alone. But that's just me ...
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World.
An awesome blues album -- if you don't already own it!
One of two great B.B. King albums from 1969.
Pay no attention to the album cover. It's F-r-e-d-d-i-e King.
There's no away around it: This is a classic live blues album by Albert King.