Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - ALBERT KING

On 18 April 2013, Albert King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

Bluesman Albert King was one of the premier electric guitar
stylists of the post-World War II period. By playing left-handed
and holding his guitar upside-down (with the strings set for a
right-handed player), and by concentrating on tone and intensity
more than flash, King fashioned over his long career, a sound
that was both distinctive and highly influential. He was a master
of the single-string solo and could bend strings to produce a
particularly tormented blues sound that set his style apart from
his contemporaries. A number of prominent artists,from Eric
Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Mike Bloomfield and Stevie Ray
Vaughan, borrowed heavily from King's guitar style.

King was also the first major blues guitarist to cross over into
modem soul;his mid- and late 1960s recordings for the Stax label,
cut with the same great session musicians who played on the
recordings of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave,Eddie Floyd, and
others, appealed to his established black audience while
broadening his appeal with rock fans. Along with B.B. King (no
relation, though at times Albert suggested otherwise) and Muddy
Waters, King helped nurture a white interest in blues when the
music needed it most to survive.

At King's funeral in 1992, Joe Walsh —just one of many six-string disciples
—paid tribute with a slide-guitar rendition of "Amazing Grace."

Enjoy Albert King, live in 1970, with "Blues Power".