Freddy King was born in 1934 in Gilmer, a town a few miles north of Longview, Texas. His family moved to Chicago when he was 15 and he started working in a steel mill by day and visiting the Blues clubs by night. He would soon start playing there as a sideman or in his own right. He came to prominence (as Freddie King) in 1959 and was known for a run of instrumental hits, the most famous being 'Hideaway' (named after one of the many Blues clubs) and 'The Stumble'. He played Gibson guitars, a gold-top Les Paul in his early career and a 345 model in later life. His influence on British Blues is enormous. You can hear his styling in the work of Eric Clapton, Peter Green and especially Stan Webb, whose band, Chicken Shack, was prominent in the 'Blues boom' of the 60's. His song, 'Tore Down' is one of the mainstays of any aspiring Blues players' repertoire. Across the red section of the picture are some of the songs Freddie King recorded and to the right of the bootlace tie is a list of some of the musicians whom he employed/recorded with.