Poll: Who is the Real “King” of the Blues?
B.B. King ... but is he the King?
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 top guitarist of the bunch?
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, whose early-'60s instrumentals inspired Eric Clapton to grab a '59 Les Paul and morph into "God" for a year-plus? Or is it B.B. King, who can say more with one note than (Why insult anyone by mentioning an actual name?) can say with 90 notes? Cast your vote below!
P.S.: My vote goes to Freddie. His Let's Hide Away and Dance Away album is one of the greatest things in the universe. But that's just me!
Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World.
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