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Albert King – Proudly One Among Three Kings Of The Blues Guitar

Blues Guitarist Albert King is said to be one of the “Three Kings” of the blues guitar, along side B.B. King and Freddie King. Born in Indianola, Mississippi he was also known as “The Velvet Bulldozer”. He is an absolutely fantastic blues musician who adopted the trait of playing a right handed guitar left handed so that the strings are opposite with the Low E actually being on the bottom. He is one of the few blues guitarists to play this way. Albert could be described as a minimalist player or a “less is more” sort of player, he didn’t fill his solos with lots of notes but the ones he played, he made count!

Albert King

Top 5 Songs

Born Under a Bad Sign

Got To Be Some Changes Made

Overall Junction

You’re Gonna Need Me

Shake ‘Em Down

Top 3 Albums

Born Under a Bad Sign

Truckload Of Lovin’

Blues at Sunrise

Discography:

Albums

[edit]Posthumous releases

  • 1993 The Ultimate Collection, Rhino Records
  • 1993 So Many Roads, Charly Blues Masters
  • 1994 The Tomato Years, Tomato Records
  • 1994 Funky London, Stax Records
  • 1994 Chicago 1978, Charly Records
  • 1995 Mean Mean Blues, King Records
  • 1995 Live On Memory Lane, Monad Records
  • 1996 Hard Bargain, Stax Records
  • 1997 Born Under A Bad Sign & Other Hits, Flashback Records
  • 1998 Rainin’ In California, Wolf Records
  • 1999 Blues Power, Stax Records
  • 1999 Live In Canada, Charly Records
  • 1999 The Very Best Of Albert King, Rhino Records
  • 1999 A Truckload Of Lovin’: The Best Of Albert King, Recall Records (UK)
  • 1999 Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session, Stax Records (with Stevie Ray Vaughan)
  • 2001 Guitar Man, Fuel 2000 Records
  • 2001 I Get Evil: Classic Blues Collected, Music Club Records
  • 2001 More Big Blues Of Albert King, Ace Records
  • 2001 Godfather Of The Blues: His Last European TourP-Vine Records
  • 2002 Blue On Blues, Fuel 2000 Records
  • 2003 Talkin’ Blues, Thirsty Ear Records
  • 2003 Blues From The Road, Fuel 2000 Records
  • 2003 Live ’69, Stax Records
  • 2004 The Complete King & Bobbin Recordings, Collectables Records
  • 2006 Stax Profiles, Stax Records
  • 2006 Albert King’s King’s Jump, Charly Records
  • 2007 Heat Of The Blues, Music Avenue
  • 2007 The Very Best Of, Stax Records
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Robin Trower – English Rock Guitarist

Blues guitarist Robin Trower was born on March 9th of 1945 in Catford, South East London, England. He achieved early success as a guitarist for the rock group Procol Harum in the 1960s. He played for Procol Harum from 1967 until 1972.

In 1973 Trower formed and became the band leader for the power trio known as The Robin Trower Band. Out of all of Trower’s records probably the most famous and influential is his classic 1974 album Bridge of Sighs. This is a record that would be considered essential listening by many blues and rock guitarists.

Trower’s fiery and loose style was reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix who was an obvious influence. Blues guitarist Trower played with a passion and intensity that let you know he was committed to every note.

In the early 1980s Trower joined forces with Jack Bruce (the former bass guitarist for Cream) for the two albums BLT and Truce.

Trower has continued to record and play and even did a concert in Germany on his 60th birthday. This concert was recorded and subsequently released on DVD and then CD and is titled Living Out Of Time: Live.

In 2007 Trower released Seven Moons which was his third album with Jack Bruce. This recording also featured Gary Husband on drums.

Top five Robin Trower songs:

1) Day of the Eagle
2) Too Rolling Stoned
3) Bridge of Sighs
4) Daydream
5) I Can’t Wait Much Longer

Top three Robin Trower albums:

1) Bridge of Sighs
2) Twice Removed From Yesterday
3) Robin Trower Live

Discography

With Procol Harum

* 1967 Procol Harum
* 1968 Shine on Brightly
* 1969 A Salty Dog
* 1970 Ain’t Nothin’ to Get Excited About (members of Procol Harum, as Liquorice John Death)
* 1970 Home
* 1971 Broken Barricades
* 1991 The Prodigal Stranger
* 1995 The Long Goodbye

With Robin Trower Band

* 1973 Twice Removed from Yesterday —– Certified Gold by RIAA
* 1974 Bridge of Sighs —– Certified Gold by RIAA[1]
* 1975 For Earth Below —– Certified Gold by RIAA
* 1976 Robin Trower Live
* 1976 Long Misty Days —– Certified Gold by RIAA
* 1977 In City Dreams —– Certified Gold by RIAA
* 1978 Caravan to Midnight
* 1979 Victims of the Fury
* 1983 Back It Up
* 1985 Beyond the Mist
* 1987 Passion
* 1988 Take What You Need
* 1990 In the Line of Fire
* 1994 20th Century Blues
* 1995 Live in Concert
* 1996 In Concert
* 1997 Someday Blues
* 1999 This Was Now ’74-’98
* 2000 Go My Way
* 2004 Living Out of Time
* 2005 Living Out Of Time: Live (Note: Also available on DVD)
* 2005 Another Days Blues
* 2008 RT@RO.08
* 2009 What Lies Beneath

With Bryan Ferry Band

* 1993 Taxi (Bryan Ferry Band)
* 2000 Mamouna (Ferry)
* 2007 Dylanesque (Bryan Ferry Band)

With Jack Bruce

* 1981 B.L.T.
* 1982 Truce
* 1989 No Stopping Anytime (compilation)
* 2008 Seven Moons

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blues-guitarists-T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker was an American Blues Legend. Specializing in Big City blues, he was an excellent singer, songwriter, pianist, blues guitarist and overall amazing musician. He was most famous of course for his blues guitar playing and was one of the most important pioneers of the electric guitar in blues music. He was featured as #47 in Rolling Stones magazine article entitled “The 100 Greatest Blues Musicians Of all Time. Born in 1910 as Aaron Thibeaux Walker he learned his amazing skills playing in the string bands of Dallas in the 1920’s. His sound is thought to have fully developed when he recorded “Mean Old World” for Capitol records. Blues guitarist T-Bone Walker has gone from there to be one of the most influential blues guitarists of the 20th century.

T-Bone

Top 5 Songs:

1 Cold Hearted Woman
2 Flower Blues
3 Goin’ to Build Me a Playhouse
4 I’m in an Awful Mood
5 Jealous Woman

Top 3 Albums:

1 – Feelin’ The Blues
2 – Stormy Monday Blues
3 – The Truth

Discography:

1961 I Get So Weary Vivid Sound
1963 Great Blues Vocals and Guitar Capitol
1967 Stormy Monday Blues [Wet Soul]
1967 The Legendary T-Bone Walker Brunswick
1968 Blue Rocks Charly Records
1968 I Want a Little Girl Delmark
1968 Stormy Monday Blues [Stateside] Stateside Distribution
1968 The Truth Brunswick
1969 Bosses of the Blues, Vol. 1 RCA
1969 Feelin’ the Blues Black & Blue
1969 Funky Town BGO
1969 Good Feelin’ Polygram
1970 Everyday I Have the Blues Blues Time
1973 Dirty Mistreater MCA Records
1973 Fly Walker Airlines Polydor
1973 Well-Done Collectables Records
1996 Blues Collective Laserlight
2003 Back on the Scene: Texas, 1966 [Castle] Castle/Sanctuary
Plain ‘ole Blues Charly Records
T-Bone Walker Toshiba

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blues-guitarists-Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born on October 3, 1954 in Dallas Texas and is one of the most well known blues guitarist of all time. His inspiration and first major influence as a blues guitarist was his older brother Jimmie Lee Vaughan. As a Christmas present in 1963 Stevie received a toy guitar that was made by Sears and at nine years old he began learning how to play his first songs.

During his high school years Stevie was staying up all night playing blues guitar in clubs. In 1971 Stevie quit school at seventeen years of age and moved to Austin, Texas where he began playing in blues bands full time. In 1982 Stevie managed to catch the attention of David Bowie, who asked him to play on his album “Let’s Dance” as well as his “Serious Moonlight Tour”. Stevie played on the album but he did not do the tour. Stevie chose instead to focus his energies on his band Double Trouble. Sessions that were recorded in Jackson Browne’s studio resulted in the bands debut album “Texas Flood” which was released in 1983. By the end of that year Stevie was voted as Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In addition to this Texas Flood was voted as Best Guitar Album. Subsequent albums were “Couldn’t Stand The Weather” in 1984, “Soul to Soul” in 1985, and “Live Alive” in 1986.

Vaughan had a problem of cocaine and alcohol abuse and while on tour in Europe in 1986 it finally caught up with him. Vaughan entered a clinic in London and was advised to go into rehab in Atlanta, Georgia. The final thirteen shows of the tour were canceled and Stevie became clean and sober in October of 1986. In 1989 Stevie’s fourth studio album was released. This album was titled “In Step” and was mostly about his focus on his new life without drugs and alcohol.

On August 26, 1990, blues guitarist Vaughan performed for a sold out concert in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin which featured an encore jam with him, his brother Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray. On August 27 shortly before 1:00am and just after takeoff Stevie died in a helicopter crash while en route to Chicago.

Top five Stevie Ray Vaughan songs:

1) Pride and Joy
2) Texas Flood
3) Couldn’t Stand The Weather
4) Life Without You
5) Tightrope

Top three Stevie Ray Vaughan albums:

1) Texas Flood
2) Couldn’t Stand The Weather
3) In Step

Studio albums
Album Year Chart positions[1] Certifications
US 200 U.S.[2] CAN[3]
Texas Flood 1983 64 2× Platinum Platinum
Couldn’t Stand the Weather 1984 31 2× Platinum Platinum
Soul to Soul 1985 34 Platinum Gold
In Step 1989 33 2× Platinum Gold
Family Style (w/ Jimmie Vaughan as the Vaughan Brothers) 1990 7 Platinum Platinum
In Session (w/ Albert King) 1999 – – –
[edit] Live albums
Album Year Chart positions Certifications
US 200 U.S. CAN
Live Alive 1986 52 Platinum Platinum
In the Beginning 1992 58 Gold –
Live at Carnegie Hall 1997 40 Gold –
Live at Montreux 1982 and 1985 2001 178 – –
Live In Tokyo 2006 – – –
[edit] Compilation albums
Album Year Chart positions Certifications
US 200 U.S. CAN
October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990 1990 – – –
The Sky Is Crying 1991 10 2× Platinum Platinum
Greatest Hits 1995 39 2× Platinum Gold
The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2 1999 53 Gold –
Blues at Sunrise 2000 – – –
SRV 2000 148 Gold –
The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble 2002 165 Gold –
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues – Stevie Ray Vaughan 2003 – – –
The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 1 2006 – – –
Solos, Sessions and Encores 2007 – – –
Couldn’t Stand the Weather – Legacy Edition 2010 – – –

[edit] Singles
Year Single Chart positions
[4] Album
US Rock UK
1975 “Other Days”/”Texas Clover” (w/ Paul Ray & the Cobras) – – Unknown
1979 “My Song”/”Rough Edges” (w/ W. C. Clark and Paul Ray & the Cobras) – – Unknown
1980 “Blow Joe Blow (crazy ’bout a saxophone)”/”Sugaree” (w/ Paul Ray & the Cobras) – – Unknown
1983 “Without You”/”Criminal World” (w/ David Bowie) – – Let’s Dance
1983 “Modern Love” (w/ David Bowie) – – Let’s Dance
1983 “Let’s Dance”/”Cat People” (w/ David Bowie) – – Let’s Dance
1983 “China Girl”/”Shake It” (w/ David Bowie and Iggy Pop) – – Let’s Dance
1983 “Lovestruck Baby”/”Rude Mood” – – Texas Flood
1983 “Pride and Joy” 20 – Texas Flood
1984 “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” – – Couldn’t Stand the Weather
1985 “Look At Little Sister”/”Change It” – – Soul to Soul
1985 “Lookin’ Out The Window” – – Soul to Soul
1985 “Living In America” (w/ James Brown) 4 5 Gravity
1985 “How Do You Stop” (w/ James Brown) – 90 Gravity
1985 “Lookin’ Out The Window” – – Soul to Soul
1985 “Change It” 17 – Soul to Soul
1985 “Look at Little Sister” 17 – Soul to Soul
1986 “Willie the Wimp” 19 – Live Alive
1986 “Superstition” 11 – Live Alive
1986 “Heartache Away”/”Love Roulette” (w/ Don Johnson) 56 – Heartbeat
1986 “First We Take Manhattan”/”Famous Blue Raincoat” (w/ Jennifer Warnes) 72 – Famous Blue Raincoat
1987 “Pipeline” (w/ Dick Dale) – – Back to the Beach soundtrack
1989 “The House Is Rockin'” 18 – In Step
1989 “Crossfire” 1 – In Step
1989 “Wall of Denial” – – In Step
1989 “Tightrope” 14 – In Step
1990 “Tick Tock/Brothers” (w/ Jimmie Vaughan as the Vaughan Brothers) – – Family Style
1990 “Telephone Song” (w/ Jimmie Vaughan as the Vaughan Brothers) – – Family Style
1990 “Good Texan” (w/ Jimmie Vaughan as the Vaughan Brothers) – – Family Style
1991 “Wham!” – – The Sky Is Crying
1991 “Empty Arms” 3 – The Sky Is Crying
1991 “The Sky Is Crying” 2 – The Sky Is Crying
1991 “Chitlins con Carne” – – The Sky Is Crying
1992 “Little Wing” 26 – The Sky Is Crying
1992 “Shake For Me” 19 – In the Beginning
1995 “Taxman” 32 – Greatest Hits
[edit] Video Albums
Album Year Chart positions Certifications
US 200 U.S. CAN
Pride And Joy 1991 – Platinum –
Live From Austin, Texas 1997 – 2× Platinum –
Live at the El Mocambo 1983 1999 – 2× Platinum –
Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 2004 – Platinum –
Live In Tokyo 2006 – – –
[edit] Contributions

* (1983) David Bowie, Let’s Dance
* (1983) Johnny Copeland, Texas Twister
* (1984) Soulful Dress (Marcia Ball)
* (1985) Strike Like Lightning (Lonnie Mack)
* (1985) Roy Head, Living For A Song
* (1985) Bennie Wallace, Twilight Time
* (1986) Teena Marie, Emerald City
* (1987) “Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down” from Characters (Stevie Wonder)
* (1987) A.C. Reed, I’m In The Wrong Business
* (1988) Brian Slawson, Distant Drums
* (1988) Bill Carter, Loaded Dice
* (1989) Zucchero, Mama (Madre Dolcissima)
* (1990) Strike Like Lightning (Lonnie Mack)
* (1990) Bob Dylan, Under the Red Sky
* (1994) Bird Nest On The Ground, Doyle Bramhall

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