Albert King

1923 - 1992

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Albert Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and its title track. He, B.B. King, and Freddie King, all unrelated, were known as the "Kings of the Blues." The left-handed King was known for his "deep, dramatic sound that was widely imitated by both blues and rock guitarists."He was once nicknamed "The Velvet Bulldozer" because of his smooth singing and large size–he stood taller than average, with sources reporting 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) or 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), and weighed 250 lb (110 kg)–and also because he drove a bulldozer in one of his day jobs early in his career.King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Albert King has received more than 1,174,852 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Albert King is the 317th most popular musician (down from 295th in 2019), the 1,718th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,573rd in 2019) and the 99th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Albert King ranks 317 out of 2,675Before him are Paul Desmond, Léo Ferré, Robert Trujillo, Chris de Burgh, Beck, and Leonid Kogan. After him are Wilhelm Backhaus, Don Airey, John McLaughlin, Geezer Butler, Khaled, and Jan Garbarek.

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Among people born in 1923, Albert King ranks 70Before him are Aristides Pereira, Ernest Mandel, Cliff Robertson, Diana Douglas, Walter Kohn, and André Courrèges. After him are Chaleo Yoovidhya, Koji Miyata, Richard Avedon, Yelena Bonner, Stig Dagerman, and Hank Williams. Among people deceased in 1992, Albert King ranks 49Before him are Markos Vafeiadis, Albert Pierrepoint, Arletty, Lev Gumilyov, Jean-Claude Pascal, and Denholm Elliott. After him are Takeshi Inoue, Judith Anderson, César Manrique, Georges Delerue, Lina Bo Bardi, and Väinö Linna.

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Among people born in United States, Albert King ranks 1,718 out of 15,968Before him are Edward Albee (1928), Frederic Edwin Church (1826), Ma Barker (1873), Helen Hayes (1900), Murray Bookchin (1921), and Roger D. Kornberg (1947). After him are Elisabeth Shue (1963), Sam Elliott (1944), Tony Shalhoub (1953), George Hamilton (1939), Angie Dickinson (1931), and Sarah Wayne Callies (1977).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Albert King ranks 99Before him are Lester Young (1909), Buddy Guy (1936), Isaac Hayes (1942), Paul Desmond (1924), Robert Trujillo (1964), and Beck (1970). After him are Johnny Ramone (1948), Peggy Lee (1920), Ry Cooder (1947), Steve Vai (1960), Robby Krieger (1946), and Bobby McFerrin (1950).