Albert Collins was born on October 1, 1932. We lost him 1993. He was one amazing blues guitarist.
Albert had several nicknames, including: “The Ice Man”, “The Master of the Telecaster” and “The Razor Blade”.
Collins was popular throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s and was an influence for other guitarists… namely: Robert Cray, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Mayer.
In 1983, he won won the award for best blues album of the year with “Don’t Lose Your Cool”. In 1985, he shared a Grammy for the album Showdown!, which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.
Collins also performed at Live Aid in 1985, playing “The Sky Is Crying”.
Collins will always be remembered for his live performances, where he would often come down from the stage and mingle with the audience. Throughout his career, Albert Collins collaborated with Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Not bad company!
Happy 77th Birthday Albert Collins! We miss you!