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Albert King Gravesite

Albert King was born in 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi, and died in Memphis in 1992. A true blues legend, he was fascinated by blues musicians who frequented nearby West Memphis, most notably the works of Robert Nighthawk and Elmore James. He was a master blues guitarist, considered one of the most influential ever, and was famous for playing a Gibson Flying-V guitar.  King was the first blues guitarist to perform with a symphony (1969) and in 1983, he was inducted into both the W. C. Handy International Blues Awards Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. His blues hits included "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "I'll Play the Blues For You," "As the Years Go Passing By," and hundreds more. He was a major influence on artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. 

The cemetery is a stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul and the African American Heritage Trail.

 

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Paradise Gardens Cemetery, Arkansas 147 about three miles south of Interstate 40 (Exit 271), Edmondson, Arkansas
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Great River Road