Freddie King - "Going Down" - Live 1972




Fred "Freddie" King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an American blues guitarist and singer. He recorded several hits for Federal Records in the early 1960s. His soulful and powerful voice and distinctive guitar style inspired many musicians, particularly guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.


King based his guitar style on Texas blues and Chicago blues influences. His best-known recordings include the early instrumentals "Hide Away" (1961), "San-Ho-Zay," (1961) and "The Stumble" (1962). The album Freddy King Sings showcased his singing talents and included the record chart hits "You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling" and "I'm Tore Down". He later became involved with more rhythm and blues- and rock-oriented producers and was one of the first bluesmen to have a multiracial backing band at live performances.


In 1969 King hired Jack Calmes as his manager, who secured him an appearance at the 1969 Texas Pop Festival, alongside Led Zeppelin and others, and this led to King's signing a recording contract with Shelter Records, a new label established by the rock pianist Leon Russell and the record producer Denny Cordell. The company treated King as an important artist, flying him to Chicago to the former Chess studios to record the album Getting Ready and providing a lineup of top session musicians, including Russell. Three albums were made during this period, including blues classics and new songs, such as "Going Down", written by Don Nix.







Lyrics


I'm going down

I'm going, down, down, down

Down, down

Yes, I'm going down, yes

I'm going down, down, down

Down, down

Yes, I've got my feet in the window

Got my head on the ground


Let me down

And close that box car door

Yes, let me down

And close that box car door

Well, I'm goin' back to Chattanooga

And sleep on sister Irene's door


Yes, I'm going down

I'm going down

I'm going, down, down, down

Down, down


Yes, I got my feet in the window

I got my head on the ground

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