Going Down—Freddie King Tribute

Going Down — Or, at least back to April 14th, 2012, when “The Reverend” Billy F. Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, and Dusty Hill honored the third King of the Blues — Freddie King’s, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Freddie, of no relation to Albert, or BB, passed away at the young age of 42— sixteen months before  “The King”  Elvis Presley died. Not, however, before leaving (like the other 2 Kings of the Blues, Albert, and BB) larger than life legacy and influence in the lives and creativity of countless musical greats as Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, and Robby Krieger of the Doors.

Right here — Right now — we have the  honor of witnessing  Billy Gibbons, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa,( Child Prodigy born three months before Elvis died, opening shows for BB King at age 12) and Derek Trucks ( most recent slide guitar replacement for Duane Allman and Dicky Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, and guitarist for “Tedeschi Trucks” along- side wife Susan Tedeschi) giving homage to one of Ye Three Kings (of the blues)  — Freddie King.

For Your Listening Pleasure and Without Further Ado —

 

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“My Babe”

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My Baby don’t stand no cheaten my babe, My baby don’t stand no cheaten my babe;

From cotton fields back in ole Mississip, Muddy be the Water, turn Chicago hip, my baby Etta, at last, still the queen.

Muddy Waters ( 1913- 1983 )


Wolf be howlin, Willie a tower, Etta crying Daddy, Minnesota Fat’s a coward…

Money played Chess, was in his soul, Allen Freed the phrase, coined Rock & Roll;

Buried Chuck,with jail house rock…Elvis played the song, took him straight to the top…my babe…

Playing blues, slide guitars best, cried the night they lay Walter to rest, never seen no angel look so sharp,

But, then you never seen no angel playing blues harp…my babe

Everything seemed to die, when Walter went away,
Muddy had no money, Willie still wrote songs for no-one to play;

When from across the sea, a forgotten voice, Willie said Mud, member them lil white English boys?

Mud say, ain’t got no money to fly no plane, Willie said, them boys still loves you for giving them their name;

Want’s us to tour with-em, and play our songs;
And England soon met the boys who set the tone:

Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and the Rolling Stones. mY bABe…
– 2010