Little Freddie King

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Little Freddie King
Little Freddie King FQF 2012 2.jpg
King at the French Quarter Festival, 2012
Background information
Birth name Fread Eugene Martin
Born (1940-07-19) July 19, 1940 (age 76)
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) is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style is based on that of Freddie King, but his approach to country blues is original.[1]


King, a cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, was born in McComb, Mississippi, and learned to play the guitar from his father. In 1954, at the age of 14, he moved to New Orleans.[1][3] He performed in 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 with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.[5] His next recording opportunity came in 1996, twenty-seven years after his first, 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 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and has played at the festival for 42 years.[1] He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He was selected three times as Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans. He was honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in McComb, Mississippi.[6]

His 2012 album, Chasing tha Blues, won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards.[7]

King's most recent album, Messin’ Around tha Living Room, was released in 2015.[8]

He appears in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues.[9]


  • 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
  • Messin’ Around tha Living Room (2015), Madewright Records[3][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e Skelly, Richard. "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 "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. ^ "The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced". Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  8. ^ "iTunes – Messin’ Around tha Living Room". iTunes. 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Here Are 6 Must-See Music Films at Hot Docs". Exclaim!, April 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Little Freddie King | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 

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