Albert King biography



The Velvet Bulldozer!

Using a Flying V turned upside down, without bothering to change the strings around, Albert King can bend his high e string like no other.

Albert’s legacy can mainly be traced to Stevie Ray Vaughan with his wild bends, but also Freddie King must have looked to Albert, at least for the sound!


Born Under A Bad Sign

Possibly Albert’s biggest hit, Born Under A Bad Sign was written by Booker T Jones who recorded it with his band Booker T. and The M.G.’s, the house band of the Stax label.

Also featured on this now-legendary recording were the famous Memphis horns.

Recorded in 1967, the song didn’t climb high in the charts but has since become a blues standard, covered by many artists since.

Cream recorded their version only a year later and Albert has included it on all his greatest hits, live recordings, and collaborations ever since.


Born Under A Bad Sign – Chords

Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 (Gb G) |
Born under a bad sign, I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
Ab7 | Gb7 | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for bad luck, you know I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

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Born Under A Bad Sign – Lyrics

Born under a bad sign.
Been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck.
You know I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

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