Albert Nelson, known by his stage name Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign and its title track. He is one of the three performers known as the "Kings of the Blues."
King was famed for his powerful string-bending style and his soulful, smoky vocals. He carved his own indelible niche in the blues hierarchy by creating a deep, dramatic sound that was widely imitated by both blues and rock guitarists.
He was also known as "The Velvet Bulldozer" because of his smooth singing and large size—he stood taller than average, with sources reporting 6 ft 4 in or 6 ft 7 in, and weighed 250 lb —and also because he drove a bulldozer in one of his day jobs early in his career.
King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 2013. In 2011, he was ranked #13 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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