My Credit Didn't Go Through confirms that we are before a start that is pure funk, although seasoned by the spicy guitar of King. This number surely would put an enormous smile on the mouth of Sly Stone. It may have been Clapton's love for J. Cale that led him to record a version of I Got The Same Old Blues, but the result is pure Freddie King, a song in which he once again shines on the six strings without forgetting to demonstrate the enormity of the singer we are talking about.
Blues purists will find the fiery Only Getting Second Best more appealing, as it is a simmering blues. Nearly constant touring took its toll on King—he was on the road almost days out of the year.
In he began suffering from stomach ulcers. His health quickly deteriorated, and he died on December 28 of complications from this illness and acute pancreatitis , at the age of According to those who knew him, King's untimely death was due to stress, a legendary "hard-partying lifestyle",  and a poor diet of consuming Bloody Marys because as he told a journalist, "they've got food in them.
King had an intuitive style, often creating guitar parts with vocal nuances. King's combination of the Texas and Chicago sounds gave his music a more contemporary feel than that of many Chicago bands who were still performing s-style music, and he befriended the younger generation of blues musicians.
In his early career he played a solid-body gold-top Gibson Les Paul with P pickups. Several of King's early s instrumentals found their way into the repertoire of surf music bands:  "Those instrumental hits Freddy King had — 'Hideaway', 'San-Ho-Zay', 'The Stumble' — [t]he way white kids were relating to it was like surf guitar in a way; instrumental music that you could dance to.
I'd never heard anything like it, and I thought I'd never get anywhere near it. And I know now that I never will, but it was what immediately made me want to carry on. King was among many pioneering African-American blues musicians to embrace the British blues scene and tour its club circuit in the late s.
His lasting influence has insured Freddie King's recognition as one of the great postwar blues masters. Recommending what albums of King's music to hear, MusicHound Rock cited the Rhino compilation The Best of Freddie King , for focusing on "the fruitful abundance" of his recordings for King Records —66 , and the Black Top CD Live at the Electric Ballroom, , for its "blasting, ripping concert" recording along with "a rare pair of acoustic" performances; Freddie King Is a Blues Master and My Feeling for the Blues were named records to avoid, as they "both suffer from thin accompaniment, too little guitar and reedy vocals".
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