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Albert King Timeline

1923

Albert King is born as Albert Nelson in Indianola, Mississippi.

1953

Albert King moves to Chicago.

1961

"Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" reaches Number 14 on the R&B charts.

1962

Albert King releases his first album, "The Big Blues."

1966

Albert King moves to Memphis and signs with the Atlantic Records subsidiary, Stax Records.

1967

Albert King releases album "Born Under a Bad Sign." The title track is covered by several rock and roll artists.

1968

Albert King plays at the first- ever show at Bill Graham's Fillmore East theater in New York City. Tim Buckley and Big Brother and the Holding Company are also on the bill.

1970

Albert King joins the Doors onstage at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.

1971

Albert King plays the closing show at the Filmore East.

1985

"Born Under a Bad Sign" is inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame as a Classic Blues Recording.

1991

Albert King receives the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer's Award.

1992

Albert King plays his final concert, in Los Angeles.

1992

Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis.

1999

"Born Under a Bad Sign" receives a Grammy Hall of Fame award.