Little Freddie King
King at the French Quarter Festival, 2012
Background information
Birth nameFread Eugene Martin
Born (1940-07-19) July 19, 1940 (age 81)
McComb, Mississippi, United States
GenresElectric blues, Texas blues[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, vocalist
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years activeMid 1950s–present

Little Freddie King (born Fread Eugene Martin,[2][3] July 19, 1940) is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style is based on that of Freddie King, but his approach to country blues is original.[1]


King, a cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, was born in McComb, Mississippi, and learned to play the guitar from his father. In 1954, at the age of 14, he moved to New Orleans.[1][3] He performed in juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar.[4]

He recorded the first electric blues album in New Orleans with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.[5] His next recording opportunity came in 1996, twenty-seven years after his first, with the release of Swamp Boogie. King's Sing Sang Sung (2000) was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny.[1]

King is a charter member of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and has played at the festival for 42 years.[1] He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He was selected three times as Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans. He was honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in McComb, Mississippi.[6]

His 2012 album, Chasing tha Blues, won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards.[7]

King's most recent album, Messin’ Around tha Living Room, was released in 2015.[8]

He appears in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues.[9]



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  7. ^ "The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced". Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  8. ^ "iTunes – Messin' Around tha Living Room". iTunes. 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  9. ^ "Here Are 6 Must-See Music Films at Hot Docs". Exclaim!, April 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Little Freddie King | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27.