This blues guitar master was already a touring and recording veteran when he joined the Stax-Volt roster in the mid-Sixties. He went on to cut a long string of hit singles for the storied label. One of the three "Kings" of the blues – along with unrelated stars B.B. King and Freddie King – he was a key influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan and generations of later guitarists.
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Signature songs: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "Blues at Sunrise"
From the RS Archives: Albert King Is Not Going to Quit (1968)