Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes On Rock Hall Inductee Albert King's Legacy

(Radio.com) This year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class features a group of artists who are (mostly) well-known to anyone with a passing familiarity with the last few decades of popular music : Rush, Heart, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Donna Summer.

However, bluesman Albert King, who is also being inducted, doesn't have the name recognition of those artists, even though he was a huge influence on generations of guitarists including Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. That may change with his upcoming Rock Hall induction, and also with the reissue of his classic album, 1967′s Born Under A Bad Sign. It was his first album for legendary soul music label, Stax Records, and the label's house band Booker T. & The MGs, along with Isaac Hayes was the backing band.

Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule told Radio.com that that album was an important crossover moment.

"The Born Under A Bad Sign record was revolutionary," he said. "They were trying to take Albert's music to a wider audience. They got Booker T & The MGs to be the [backing] band. They were targeting more of a rock and roll crowd, and a soul music crowd, to take the blues to people who thought they didn't like the blues. Born Under a Bad Sign turned a lot of people on, not just to Albert King, but to blues in general."

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top concurs in regards to Born Under A Bad Sign: "The backing that was provided to him by the Stax musicians, that raised the bar and Albert had this platform where all he had to do was walk in and play. It was just the best." more on this story

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