This Day in Black History: April 25, 1923

This Day in Black History: April 25, 1923

This Day in Black History: April 25, 1923

Legendary blues guitarist Albert King was born in Indianola, Mississippi, on April 25, 1923.

Published April 25, 2013

On April 25, 1923, blues guitarist and pioneer Albert King was born in Indianola, Mississippi.

Along with B.B. King and Freddie King, he is noted by admirers as one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar," known for his string-bending guitar style that produced a funky, howling quality. With a career that spanned nearly four decades, King's style was largely influential in the evolution of rock and roll. His best known hit, 1967's “Born Under a Bad Sign," would go on to be covered by Jimi Hendrix and the rock outfit Cream, among many others.

At age 69, King died from a heart attack on December 21, 1992, at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2013.

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Written by Britt Middleton


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