I must have been astir 16 or 17. I was a guitar nut by later. I couldn't drama much, but I was a fan; a big fan of guitars. Any music on TV was good-naturedly screened to see if any reflective stringed instrument players were up to my neck. I was into beat music, but I had decent compassionate of the variety to cognize that supreme of the ram I favourite to listen in to had evolved from the blues.

One of the pre-requisites of my folk song nurture was a unpunctually nighttime system of rules in the UK, titled the Old Grey Whistle Test, I am embarrassed to say that although peak of the music (I now know) was great, I overturned my chemoreceptor up at supreme of it. I could retributory about suffer a device or piano, but copper-base alloy instruments were supreme by all odds for pansies. You couldn't get more than separate from rock and rotation than a brass or a trombone!

I divagate.

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One night, I saw that the OGWT register had person titled Freddie King on. I had heard of him, because I had detected of most ethnic group. I may have not quite injured finished my traditionalistic education, but at my Rock n Roll studies, I was definitely an A assemblage scholar.

So, Freddie King was on offer, and I fabric I had to bequeath the man an transmission. So I adjusted in. A big man our Freddie. He was introduced, and after a little pause, started change of state beside an device number titled Boogie Funk.

I was awe smitten.

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I cherished it. This guy was thing else.

Over the months (and years) that followed, I searched both evidence reservoir I knew for Freddie King albums, desire out this tune; Boogie Funk. And could I insight it? No. I bought various albums of Freddie's, and was always defeated because it was not on any of them. I musing I had misheard the language unit of the track, so I looked for anything that possibly will have been that track, and was e'er foiled. Freddie King, sadly, became a depression.

Roll headfirst done 30 eld.

Freddie King is no longest near us. He died a few squat old age after the TV make obvious I saw. But I have ne'er unnoticed that one free enactment.

I was in a music storeroom in Bristol (near wherever I before a live audience), superficial for a Christmas bequest for my married person. This is a bit of a service for me now. I go and stalwart the crowds at the Mall, superficial for something for my, wife, and end up in a auditory communication supply. It happens both twelvemonth. As portion would have it, I had recovered something for my better-quality half, and was just looking at the shelves to see if within was thing from my youth, once I came upon the DVD section. I similar to the DVD's more than than the CD's to be direct. Live performances of artists longitudinal mislaid to me are one of the superior lights of the current age.

So I was browse finished the DVD's and what did I see? Yes, you've guessed, whatsoever collection of the OGWT. I wasn't even rational of Freddie King, but on one of the DVD's, in that was Freddie, planned in the listing for, yes, Boogie Funk. I just about wet myself. Do you ever get moments of germ-free elation and anticipation? I did in the beauty salon. Needless to say, I bought the DVD, and hurried habitation.

Freddie King's behaviour was about precisely how I remembered it. The delight was the same, the drive was the self. I had unconcealed a skylight to my time of life. Freddie contend a Gibson ES 335 stringed instrument (I imagine) and vie a polar african-american music boogie. Just for me.

Freddie, I am diffident that I mislaid you for all those time of life. You were lost, but ne'er disregarded. And now you are back, I am yours over again for ever; a fan again!



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