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Freddie King Timeline

1934

Freddie King is born outside Gilmer, Texas.

1960

Freddie King's first session for the King/Federal label yields the classics " Hide Away" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman."

1961

"Hide Away" enters the singles charts, where it will peak at #5 R&B and #29 pop.

1961

"Lonesome Whistle Blues" enters the R&B singles chart, wheew it will quickly become his second Top 10 R&B hit, peaking at #8.

1961

"San-Ho-Zay," another instrumental by Freddie King, enters the R&B singles chart, where it will peak at #4.

1961

"I'm Tore Down" becomes the first of three Freddie King singles to enter the R&B singles chart within a week's time. "I'm Tore Down" will reach #5, followed by "Christmas Tears" (#26) and "See See Baby" (#21).

1967

Freddie King undertakes his first tour of the U.K., where he's backed by the British blues band Chicken Shack.

1969

Freddie King Is a Blues Master-- the first of two albums produced by sax player King Curtis for the Cotillion label-- is released.

1969

The Texas International Pop Festival, held outside of Dallas, kicks off. Musical acts at the three-day event (held two weeks after Woodstock) include Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone and bluesman B.B. King, Freddie King and James Cotton.

1971

Getting Ready, King's first album for Leon Russell's Shelter label, is released.

1972

Texas Cannonball, King's second album for Shelter Records, is released.

1973

Woman Across the River, King's third and final album for the Shelter label, is released. It will reach #158 on the Billboard album chart.

1974

Burglar is released on RSO Records. The track "Sugar Sweet" is produced by Tom Dowd and includes Eric Clapton on guitar.

1975

Larger Than Life, King's second album for RSO Records, is released. It will be the final album of his career.

1976

Freddie King performs at the New York Ballroom in Dallas, Texas. It will be his last performance.

1976

Freddie King dies of heart failure and bleedign ulcers. He is 42 years old.

1976

Freddie King is buried in Dallas. His honorary pallbearers are Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis and Carl Radle.

1993

Texas governor Ann Richards declares this day to be Freddie King Day, in honor of the blues guitarist who was born in Texas and spent much of his life there.

1995

King of the Blues, a double-disc compilation of Freddie King's work on Shelter Records, is released on EMI.

2001

Freddie King: The Ultimate Collection, a career-spanning single-disc compilation, is released on Hip-O Records.

2012

Freddie King is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction ceremony. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top are his presenters.