Known for movies

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DiedDecember 21, 1992, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
MarkGibson Flying V guitar.
FactBest known for songs "Crosscut Saw" and "Blues Before Sunrise".

Albert King (born Albert Nelson on April 25, 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi) was an American blues singer and guitar player. He is best known for his hit records “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967) and “Crosscut Saw” (1972).

King was born the youngest of 13 children. His father, Will Nelson, was a sharecropper and his mother, Julia Mae Nelson, was a domestic worker. King began playing the guitar at the age of seven and by the time he was nine he had already begun performing at local parties and picnics.

King left home at the age of 15 and began touring with various blues and gospel bands. He eventually settled in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began his recording career. His first hit record, “Born Under a Bad Sign”, was released in 1967.

Over the next few years, King released a number of successful albums and singles, including “Crosscut Saw” and “The Sky is Crying”. He also toured extensively, performing with such artists as B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, and Eric Clapton.

In the early 1980s, King’s health began to decline and he was forced to cut back on his touring and recording commitments. He died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992, at the age of 69.

At the time of his death, King was estimated to have a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameAlbert King
DiedDecember 21, 1992, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height1.93 m
ProfessionGuitarist, Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, Sky Is Crying


ParentsMary Blevins, Will Nelson, Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, Sky Is Crying


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, Sky Is Crying
MoviesWattstax, Albert King: Live in Sweden

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#Marks / Signs
1Gibson Flying V guitar.


1Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983.
2Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
3Posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1993.
4Best known for songs "Crosscut Saw" and "Blues Before Sunrise".



Bad Santa 22016performer: "Santa Claus Wants Some Loving"
Manchester by the Sea2016performer: "Driving Wheel"
BoschTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Lilyhammer2012-2013TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Star Trek Into Darkness2013performer: "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
The Switch2010/Iperformer: "More Bad Luck" / writer: "More Bad Luck"
Soul Men2008performer: "Born under a Bad Sign"
27 Dresses2008performer: "The Sky Is Crying"
Friday Night LightsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary writer: "Nappy Heads"
The Blues2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Bodywork2001performer: "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"
Beverly Hills, 902101991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frank's Place1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barfly1987performer: "Born Under a Bad Sign"
In Session: Stevie Ray Vaughan/Albert King1983TV Movie writer: "Match Box Blues" - uncredited
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wattstax1973Documentary performer: "I'll Play The Blues For You"
The Coming Thing1970writer: "The Hunter" - uncredited


The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Honoree
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Performer
In Session: Stevie Ray Vaughan/Albert King1983TV MovieHimself (Guitar, Vocals)
Jammin' with the Blues Greats1982Video documentaryHimself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651968TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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