Although his career was tragically cut short at the age of 42, Texas-born Freddie King was one of America's most distinctive and influential electric blues guitarists, leaving an indelible mark on more than one generation of guitar superstars, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor. Originally billed as Freddy King, he began recording in 1957, revealing a massively influential style that merged his Texas and Chicago influences, and soon achieved commercial success with a series of infectious instrumental hits. 1969's Freddie King Is a Blues Master is an album of the complete Freddie King: his fabulous guitar work, his singing and his writing. "Hideaway" and "Play It Cool" (his then most recent single) and several other King written tunes are featured as well as a number of songs from producer King Curtis. Freddie's singing and axe work are simply fantastic throughout especially on standouts like "Get Out of My Life, Woman," "Wide Open" and "Let Me Down Easy."