Our Top 10 Albert King Songs list looks back at 10 great Albert King songs that played a heavy role in influencing a generation of rock guitar players. Albert King is regarded as one of the all time greatest guitars players in musical history. He was a left handed guitarist that took the blues to deep dark emotional levels that resonated among a large audience. He balanced out his rooted blues playing with an r&b feel that was often helped by his collaborations on record with Booker T and The MG’s. Our Top 10 Albert King songs list takes a look at ten classic Albert King songs that have stood the test of time.
# 10 – I’ll Be Doggone
We open up our Top 10 Albert King songs list with the legendary blues artist’s very cool tune “I’ll Be Doggone.” The song was released on Albert King’s legendary album I’ll Play The Blues For You. The album was released in 1972. This was a huge song originally performed by Marvin Gaye in 1965. It had become Marvin Gaye’s first million selling single. The song was written by Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore and Marvin Tralin. Albert King puts his own unique touch of the blues on this classic track.
# 9 – Killing Floor
Continuing with our Albert King songs list we turn to his great version of the classic Chester Burnett song “Killing Floor.” This great track was released on the album Years Gone By by Albert King which was released in 1969. Albert King used some of the top musicians of the time period on this record including Booker T. Jones on keys, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald Dunn on bass and Al Jackson Jr. on drums.
# 8 – Phone Booth
In the number eight spot on our top 10 Albert Kings songs list we take a listen to the sensational song “Phone Booth.” The song was released on the album I’m in a Phone Booth, Baby. The song was written by Richard Cousins, Robert Cray, Mike Vannice and Dennis Walke. It was the album’s opening track. This is a slick rhythm and blues style blues tune that defined the blues revival of the mid-1980s when artists like Robert Cray had become very popular.
# 7 – She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)
For the great song “She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)” we go all the way back to 1971. The song was released on the album Lovejoy. The song was written by the legendary Taj Mahal and James Rachell. This is a very popular blues song that has been covered by many artists including The Blues Brothers, Phish, Peter Frampton, Wet Willie, and Widespread Panic. And who doesn’t love that great title?
# 6 – You Don’t Love me
In the number six spot on our Albert King songs list we go back once again to the great album Years Gone By that was released in 1969. Listen to those great horns introducing the song as they wrap around the great guitar soloing by Albert King. The song “You Don’t Love Me,” was performed as an instrumental on the album. The song was written by Willie Cobbs. This song has been covered by many artists including a great version done by The Allman Brothers Band on their Live At The Fillmore album.
# 5 – Don’t You Lie To Me (I Get Evil)
At the halfway point on our Albert King songs list we showcase the great song “Don’t You Lie To Me,” which was also called “I Get Evil.” Albert King has recorded the song multiple times. The version presented here was from his debut album entitled The Big Blues. The album was released in 1962. That’s the legendary Johnnie Johnson of Chuck Berry’s band playing that rocking piano.
# 4 – Crosscut Saw
At number four on our Albert King songs list we present the first of two songs from Albert King’s classic blues album Born Under A Bad Sign.The album was released in 1967. It was basically a compilation album of various recording sessions. It would turn out to become one of the most influential blues albums ever released. First up is the killer tune “Crosscut Saw. The song was written by R.G. Ford. Its an old Mississippi blues song that Albert King had a minor hit with in his recording with Booker T & the MGs
# 3 – Born Under A Bad Sign
As we move along on our Albert King songs list we present one more song from the Born Under A Bad Sign album that actually stood as the album’s title cut. The song was written by Stax Recording artists William Bell and Booker T. The song would go on to become one of Albert King’s signature songs. One of the most famous versions of the song was recorded by Cream on their Wheels Of Fire album. Many years later Albert King would record a sizzling version of the song with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
# 2 – Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
Albert King released many legendary albums throughout his career. One of his most famous would be his debut album entitled The Big Blues which was released in 1962. Featured here from the album is the song,”Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong.” This great song would become Albert King’s first hit record and the first to chart on any of the Billboard music charts. The song hit number 14 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Sides charts. It would also be the highest charting single of Albert King’s career.
# 1 – I’ll Play The Blues For You (Pts 1 & 2)
We close out our Albert King songs list with the title track from his legendary album I’ll Play The Blues For You (Pts 1 & 2). The song “I’ll Play The Blues For You (Pts 1 & 2),” is fueled by that great r&b style uptempo groove sound that people loved about Albert King. It was like a cross between James Brown and B.B. King. We could listen to this one all night. The song was released as a single and hit number thirty one on the US Billboard R&B Charts in 1972.
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