Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Albert King inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Albert King is among the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Albert King is among the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced yesterday that Albert King — "The Velvet Bulldozer" — would be among the 2013 inductees, alongside disco diva Donna Summer, prog mainstays Rush, singer/songwriter Randy Newman and hip-hop legends Public Enemy. (That means that Flavor Flavwho'll be at Discovery Saturday night — will be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

King grew up in Forrest City and began his musical career in Osceola, followed by stints in St. Louis and eventually Memphis, where he put out a bunch of killer albums on Stax, including the stone-cold classic "Live Wire/Blues Power," recorded live at The Fillmore in '68. King, who died in 1992, is buried in Edmondson.

After the jump, check out some vintage footage of King performing "I'll Play the Blues for You" and an interview with Arkansas native Son Seals, who talks about growing up in a country juke joint there in Osceola and seeing King, who apparently drove a grain truck back and forth to Memphis for a while. Fascinating stuff.

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