Albert King

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2013

Inducted by: John Mayer

Nominated in: 2013

First Eligible: 1988 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2008 (ranked #15 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

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Born Under A Bad Sign (1967)
Blues Power (1968)

Albert King @ Wikipedia

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this man has my vote for sure.. he is one of the best of blues/rock.. he has sooo many great albums. and songs.. it would be hard to chose one, to put him through, i would think.

Posted by popeye on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 13:20pm


Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am

Without Albert King there would have been no Stevie Ray or Texas blues sound for that matter. There is not a blues guitar player alive who doesn't know some Albert Collins licks.

Posted by GHM on Wednesday, 12.19.07 @ 14:16pm

He was left-handed...So he had to turn the guitar upside down to play it. That's why he had such a unique sound. Preferbly with Gibson Flying V's.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 12.20.07 @ 09:07am

He was a major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray vaughan....for that reason only, he should have been in 10 or 15 yrs ago!!!

Posted by STEVE on Friday, 03.28.08 @ 15:06pm

I don't understand why he is not all ready there. One of the 3 kings come on. I thought this was about the music not politics.

Posted by buddy on Friday, 04.18.08 @ 19:41pm

How has he not been inducted yet?! Thats insane! He should have been inducted the first year he was eligible!

Posted by Pat on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 02:17am

Since we are on the topic of early influences, Albert King is definately someone who should be inducted in the EI category. A major influence on rock musicians like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 17:09pm

No, Dude Man, not as an Early Influence. His first recordings were not until 1961. His music does NOT predate Rock'n'Roll. "Early" and "Outside" are not synonymous, and there is no "Outside Influence" category, because when you look at the actual criteria they list, it's loose enough to where you can say the Performer category suffices for the needs of "Outside Influence".

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 22:50pm

If the artist must pre-date rock n roll than no I suppose, but Howlin' Wolf was inducted(and yes I know he was around in the '50s) as an EI and some of his best songs were in the '60s("Spoonful", "The Red Rooster"). Maybe an "Outside Influence" category is the best solution to this mess.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 22:59pm

Also, if that is the exact criteria, then how is Wanda Jackson, a rockabilly artist that does not pre-date rock music, put into that category?

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 23:19pm

And Nat King Cole and Louis B. Armstrong had some of their best and best-known songs in the rock era, too, but they're Early Influences, and rightfully so.

And I think "Outside Influence" only sounds like a good idea. The truth is, you'd be opening up a can of worms. I mean, we see people post on this site who don't think Aretha Franklin should have been inducted because she isn't rock enough for them. Do we really want to create a slope slippery enough that would/could lead to soul acts being completely overlooked, because they're not "rock" in the prog or Rolling Stones sense? I sure as s*** don't.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 23:24pm

"Also, if that is the exact criteria, then how is Wanda Jackson, a rockabilly artist that does not pre-date rock music, put into that category?"

We actually discussed that in length on her page and on the 2009 inductees announcement page, etc. Someone at the Hall admitted that they inducted her as an Early Influence because she didn't get enough votes on this year's ballot (she was one of the nine Performer nominees), but they really wanted to induct her, so when the subcommittee met, they decided to put her in anyway, only as an Early Influence. Complete work-around inductee, the brass getting what they want by going around their own backs.

And it's kind of sad, because I think Wanda does belong in, but not if they're going to do it cheaply like this. It cheapens their image (further) and cheapens her contributions by saying she wasn't really all that rock'n'roll either.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 23:28pm

Now "hear" is a south paw .."real blues" player. Since Blues is now rock ..he should be in...If your into "Real Blues" player. not rock players trying to play the blues..sad to say he does not have a mask or hat ...Also he does not look like a rock musicians do..

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 23:32pm

Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Criminal World", on David Bowie's 1983 release "Let's Dance", features a guitar solo copied note-for-note from his hero Albert King by young session musician Stevie Ray Vaughan).[1]

Now ain't that funny LOL.. Gosh if he had just looked like a rock star...

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 23:37pm

wow !!!

Posted by mrxyzomg on Thursday, 08.12.10 @ 23:15pm

10 bucks says Albert King will be passed over for performer induction and then they will announce he is getting inducted in the early influence category (a la Wanda Jackson.

Posted by Jonny on Monday, 10.8.12 @ 19:15pm

Should have been inducted first year. Amazing amazing player.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:56pm

I sure hope he gets in

Posted by Happy on Friday, 11.9.12 @ 11:27am

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees who would vote for Albert King

Jeff Beck, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Chuck Berry

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.13.12 @ 19:45pm

So why was Albert King more popular than Freddie King with the voters? What's the theory? The competition on the ballot?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 15:27pm

Albert King on the cover of Guitar Aficionado this month. Rock Hall mentioned!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.28.13 @ 22:42pm

John Mayer inducts Albert King

Posted by Roy on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 08:11am

I certainly cannot argue against this but SRV and the Double Trouble Band should have gotten in first. The students surpassed the teacher on that one.

Posted by Hunter Morrow on Sunday, 09.1.13 @ 15:04pm

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