During the early 1950's blues man extrodinaire Albert King started professionally playing the 'chitlin' circuit' (southern segregated black clubs) around the same time as another resident of St. Louis, Chuck Berry.
Born in Mississippi, in 1924 Albert started playing with his step-fathers one string guitar called a diddley bow at around 6 years old which has to have a lot to do with how excellent a musician he became.
Those who start early and stick with it have the advantage. (Pun intended see below) This is similar to what original guitar Greek Geek Pythagoras used in ancient times. Sorry Gus G..
15 years later and as 'Albert King' he opened at the Fillmore West in San Francisco for non other than John Mayalls' Blues Breakers and Jimi Hendrix. I missed that show but years later in Boston had the pleasure of seeing Albert King live and it has to rank up there as something to tell my grandchildren about.
Not because it was flashy or had effects, just the opposite in fact. Albert King had a lot of soul and from all accounts was a really nice guy too. The club was small so it was a real treat.
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