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Albert King

Induction category: Performer


Albert King (guitar, vocals; born Albert Nelson on April 25, 1923, died December 21, 1992) As an electric guitar player who focused more on tone and intensity than flash, Albert King had a tremendous impact on countless rock and roll guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Bloomfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. King was also one of the first bluesmen who crossed over into the world of soul music, signing with Stax Records and recording such classic songs as “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Crosscut Saw.” Albert King was born Albert Nelson on April 25, 1923, in Indianola, Mississippi, ...

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