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On September 3, 1934, celebrated blues musician Freddie King was born in Gilmer, Texas. He moved to Chicago when he was 16 and developed his guitar style under the influence of Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King (not a relative), and others.

From 1950 to 1958 he played in neighborhood clubs and in the latter year made his professional debut.

In 1963 he returned to Texas and settled in Dallas. In 1971 he recorded the first major live album ever made in Austin, at Armadillo World Headquarters (AWH), known as “the House That Freddie King Built.”

King opened AWH and returned periodically for fundraisers. His recordings with Shelter Records brought him recognition throughout the state as a “top-notch Texas bluesman.”

Some of his classic songs were “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” “Highway,” and “Woman Across the River.”

He died from a heart attack December 28, 1976, and is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park on Northwest Highway in Dallas.

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