Albert King

By harvena
  • Born

    He was born in Indianola, Mississippi on a cotton plantation
  • First professional work

    He began his professional work as a musician with a group called In The Groove Boys in Osceola, Arkansas
  • First single

    King moved to Chicago where he cut his first single for Parrot Records, but it was only a minor regional success.
  • Big Hit

    He resumed recording in 1959 with his first minor hit "I'm a Lonely Man" written by Bobbin Records A&R man and fellow guitar hero Little Milton, responsible for King's signing with the label. However, it was not until his 1961 release "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" that he had a major hit,[1] reaching number fourteen on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart
  • Record Label

    In 1966, he went to Memphis and signed with the Stax record label
  • Nationally Known

    In 1967 Stax released the album, Born Under a Bad Sign. The title track of that album became King's best known song and has been covered by many artists. The success of the album made King nationally known for the first time and began to influence white musicians.
  • Orchestra

    In 1969, King performed live with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Changing it up

    In the 1970s, King was teamed with members of The Bar-Kays and The Movement, including bassist James Alexander and drummer Willie Hall adding strong funk elements to his music
  • Live Performance

    On June 6, 1970, King joined The Doors on stage at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada
  • Retirement

    By the late 1980s, King began to muse about retirement, not unreasonable given that he had health problems.
  • Last Album

    His final album, Red House, was recorded in 1992 and named for the Jimi Hendrix song that he covered on it
  • Dead

    King died on December 21, 1992 from a heart attack in his Memphis, Tennessee home. His final concert had been in Los Angeles two days earlier.