Musician. He was born Freddie (spelled Freddy in the early days of his career) Christian in Gilmer, Texas, in 1934. Early on, he played in a Lightnin' Hopkins acoustic style, having learned the rudiments of guitar playing and old time blues standards from his mother and uncle. He moved to Chicago in 1950, and fell in love with the blues being played in his new hometown and vowed to become part of the scene. Influenced by Robert Jr. Lockwood, Jimmy Rogers, and Eddie Taylor, he formed his first band "the Every Hour Blues Boys" and began working his way into the highly competitive club circuit. By the mid 1950's, Freddie King had adopted the surname King (because of B.B.'s success, just as Albert King had done) and got his first shot at recording in 1957, when he cut "Country Boy" for the microscopically small El-Bee label. But the record flopped, and he wouldn't record again for another three years. Later, in 1960, he signed with Federal Records in Cincinnati, releasing "You've Got To Love Her With A Feelin'" with pop chart success. Later in 1961, he released the instrumental "Hide Away" which was his biggest hit. Freddie King's influences can be heard in playing styles of Eric Clapton, Lonnie Mack and Stevie Ray Vaughn, amongst many other blues artists.
Bio by: Daniel L. Taylor Sr.