April 25, 1923
Arkansas/Delta blues great Albert King was born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi. One of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, he was one of the three so-called “Kings of the Blues”—the triumvirate of B. B. King, Freddie King, and himself. His style of single-string-bending intensity—the essence of blues guitar—is evident in the approaches of thousands of acolytes, including Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.