Little Freddie King

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Little Freddie King
Little Freddie King FQF 2012 2.jpg
Freddie King at French Quarter Festival in 2012
Background information
Birth name Fread Eugene Martin
Born (1940-07-19) July 19, 1940 (age 74)
McComb, Mississippi, United States
Genres Electric blues, Texas blues[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist, vocalist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Mid 1950s-present

Little Freddie King (born Fread Eugene Martin,[2][3] July 19, 1940, McComb, Mississippi) is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style was based on Freddie King, although his own approach to country blues is original.[1]


The cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, King learned guitar from his father, but in 1954 moved to New Orleans at the age of 14.[1][3] He played in many juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar.[4]

He recorded the first electric blues album in New Orleans with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour alongside Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.[5] His next recording opportunity came some twenty seven years after his first in 1996, with the release of Swamp Boogie. King's Sing Sang Sung (2000) was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny.[1]

King is a charter member and has played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 42 years.[1] He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Three times selected Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans, King was presented with a Mississippi Trail Marker in McComb, Mississippi.[6]

King's most recent album, Chasing tha Blues was released in 2012.[7][3] The album won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards.[8]


  • Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King (1969) - Ahura Mazda Records
  • Swamp Boogie (1996) - Orleans Records
  • Sing Sang Sung (live album) (2000) - Orleans Records
  • FQF Live (2003) - WWOZ (Library of Congress Recording)
  • You Don't Know What I Know (2005) - Fat Possum Records
  • Messin' Around tha House (2008) - Madewright Records
  • Gotta Walk With Da King (2010) - Madewright Records
  • Jazzfest Live (2011) - MunckMix, Inc.
  • Back in Vinyl, LP (2011) - APO Records
  • Chasing tha Blues (2012) - Madewright Records[9][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Richard Skelly. "Little Freddie King | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Little Freddie King: A King’s Life". 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d "BLUES from New Orleans". Little Freddie King. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Little Freddie King – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Little Freddie King Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc". 1940-07-19. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Little Freddie King Blues Profile". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Gotta Walk With Da King - Little Freddie King | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  8. ^ "THE 12TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED". Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Little Freddie King | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 

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