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Freddy King Sings is an album by blues singer and guitarist Freddie King. Released in 1961, it was King's first album and includes four singles that appeared in Billboard magazine's R&B and Pop charts. In 2008, Freddy King Sings was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the "Classics of Blues Recordings" category.
Freddy King Sings represents Freddie King's earliest vocal performances recorded by King Records from August 1960 to July 1961. It features singles that were released before as well as after the album, plus two album-only tracks. Four of the songs on the album appeared in the Billboard charts in 1961: "You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling" (Pop number 92), "Lonesome Whistle Blues" (R&B number eight, Pop number 88), "I'm Tore Down" (R&B number five), and "See See Baby"
Freddie King's guitar playing has been described as "a unique synthesis" of Texas and Chicago blues styles. According to author John Hartley Fox, "King was a Texas bluesman as well as a member of the same "West Side" school of gritty Chicago blues that produced incendiary guitarists Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and Luther Allison". Freddy King Sings was released after the success of his instrument singles "Hide Away" and "San-Ho-Zay", "when King's guitar playing came to overshadow his singing, a change he never really welcomed", Fox added. In 2008, the album was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Writing for the Foundation, blues researcher Jim O'Neal noted that the songs on Freddy King Sings show him "to be one of the most expressive blues vocalists".
King's first album, Freddy King Sings, appeared in 1961, and it was followed later that year by Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With FreddyKing: Strictly Instrumental. Throughout 1961, he turned out a series of instrumentals -- including "San-Ho. Zay," "The Stumble," and "I'mTore Down" -- which became blues classics; everyone from Magic Sam and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Dave Edmunds and Peter Green coveredKing's material. "Lonesome Whistle Blues," "San-Ho-Zay," and "I'm Tore Down" all became Top Ten R&B hits that year.
Freddie King continued to record for King Records until 1968, with a second instrumental album (Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza ofInstrumentals) appearing in 1965, although none of his singles became hits. Nevertheless, his influence was heard throughout blues androck guitarists throughout the '60s -- Eric Clapton made "Hide Away" his showcase number in 1965. King signed with Atlantic/Cotillion inlate 1968, releasing Freddie King Is a Blues Masters the following year and My Feeling for the Blues in 1970; both collections wereproduced by King Curtis. After their release, Freddie King and Atlantic/Cotillion parted ways.
King landed a new record contract with Leon Russell's Shelter Records early in 1970. King recorded three albums for Shelter in the early'70s, all of which sold well. In addition to respectable sales, his concerts were also quite popular with both blues and rock audiences. In1974, he signed a contract with RSO Records -- which was also Eric Clapton's record label -- and he released Burglar, which was producedand recorded with Clapton. Following the release of Burglar, King toured America, Europe, and Australia. In 1975, he released his secondRSO album, Larger Than Life.
Throughout 1976, Freddie King toured America, even though his health was beginning to decline. On December 29, 1976, King died of heartfailure. Although his passing was premature -- he was only 42 years old -- Freddie King's influence could still be heard in blues and rockguitarists decades after his death.
01. See See Baby
02. Lonesome Whistle Blues
03. Takin 'Care Of Business
04. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
05. You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell Me)
06. I'M Down Tore
07. I Love The Woman
08. Let Me Be (Stay Away From Me)
09. It'S Too Bad Things Are Going So Tough
10. You'Ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling
11. If You Believe (In What You Do)
12. You Mean Mean Woman (How Can Your Love Be True)
13. Christmas Tears
14. I Hear Jingle Bells