Albert King was a blues guitarist and singer. He was known as The Velvet Bulldozer.
Albert King (April 25, 1923--December 21, 1992) was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. One of the 'Three Kings of the Blues Guitar' (along with B.B. King and Freddie King), Albert King stood 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) (some reports say 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)) and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) and was known as 'The Velvet Bulldozer'. He was born Albert Nelson on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. During his childhood he would sing at a family gospel group at a church where his father played the guitar. One of 13 children, King grew up picking cotton on plantations near Forrest City, Arkansas, where the family moved when he was eight. He began his professional work as a musician with a group called In The Groove Boys in Osceola, Arkansas. Moving north to Gary, Indiana and later St. Louis, Missouri, he briefly played drums for Jimmy Reed's band and on several early Reed recordings.
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