It was very nice meeting singer Sharon Martin
on the set of "Treme".
Freddie and her go back a ways in time.
Sharon is working and doing a
great job in the play "Billy Holiday".
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK held the last MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES - wednesday evening (3 Nov 2010), under a clear sky and fresh night air in LAFAYETTE SQUARE.
The All-Star Line-up of LITTLE FREDDIE KING, NICOLAS PAYTON, WALTER "wolfman" WASHINGTON and ALLEN TOUSSAINT filled the night air with "THE NEW ORLEANS SOUND" before a capacity crowd of music lovers.
SORRY BILLY RAY, BUT I HAVE TO BUMP YOU ON THIS ONE.
Ain't but one thing left to do when you run out of cds and "Wacko" Wade can't find anymore band photos to sign, go for the body parts. That's what happen at RAUMA BLUES FESTIVAL '09 in FINLAND - In the "Land of the Midnight Sun".
A cute little lady walked up and said, "Mr.King, I would be honored to have your autograph on my chest". Freddie grabbed the pen as fast as he could and began writing as slow as he could -
L i t t l e F r e d d i e K i n g.
He dragged it out for as long as he could, even thinking about adding the an extra word - "BAND" to the name, to see where that would end up. If that wasn't enought excitement, being the wise old country boy that he is, said "Do you want me to sign THE OTHER ONE???????"
UNDER VIDEO SEARCH: TYPE MUSICIANS VILLAGE
INTERVIEW BY: pETER bARNES (jan 2008)
HABITAT for HUMANITY (Musicians Village)
Freddie had been living in Dallas for the last two years as an evacuee. He had been trying to come HOME all that time - the high cost of living in N.O. made it impossible.
On April 14, 2007, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) brought him back home and crowned him a "Master Musician" in residence, along with his next door neighbor, Bob French (Jazzman). Freddie was presented the key to a single unit by Jim Pate, Executive Director, NOAHH and Frank Glaviano, VP - Shell.
With the help of generous support from non-profit organizations, such as Sweet Home New Orleans (www.sweethomeneworleans.org) headed by Jordan and Bethney - we were able to moved Freddie's belongings from Dallas to N.O. With "Crazy" Brian and "Wacko" Wade at the wheel, the ties hit the highway and never stopped until the Might Ninth Ward was in sight. Arriving on a quiet Sunday evening, I called for the calvary. Captain "Clambake" blew his bugle for the lunch crowd at BJ's Lounge to assemble for off-loading duty when we arrived. Once there, it was a matter of 15-minutes, the KING was settled into his new digs, drinking a new energy drink - Red Bull and the gang headed back for a liquid lunch.
Other agencies came to assist with replacing his amp and guitar so that he could continue to perform - Music Cares replaced his amp (www.grammy.com/musicares) and Music Maker Relief Foundation (www.musicmaker.org) spearheaded a new guitar. Tim Duffy had the Gretsch Guitar in Memphis take a new "Lucille" off the assembly line in order for da King to continue to perform for his fans.
Little Freddie expressed to me his overwhelming joy at being back in New Orleans. He would like to express his deepest thanks to all the people contributing to the re-building of the "Crescent City" in order that the citizens can return to their home and neighborhood.
LITTLE FREDDIE KING------Jeff Hannusch author of
"I Hear You Knockin" The Sound of New Orleans R&B
"It was in the early 1960's that Freddie was hung with the 'Little Freddie King' appellation as he'd been using his real name on gigs up to that point. 'Freddy King was really hot then with songs like Hideaway and San-Ho-Zay' said Freddie. People kept telling me I sounded just like Freddy King, so they started calling me 'Little Freddie King'. Big Freddy use to visit New Orleans a lot in those days. He use to hang out at a bar in my neighborhood. One day a friend of his asked if he would play in Marrero (across the river) and Freddy asked me to play bass. After that, I played a couple of jobs around New Orleans with him. He wanted me to go to Texas with him but I couldn't because of my job.
Generally the 1960's were busy years for Freddie, as he played with the likes of Babe Stoval, Polka 'Dot' Slim, Guitar Grady, Guitar Ray, Snooks Eaglin, Billy Tate, Harmonica Williams, Boogie Bill Webb, Rev. Charles Jacobs (his cousin), Harmonica Slim and Eddie Lang.
'I pretty much stayed lit up all the time back then,' said Freddie. I played a lot around N.O. area with Harmonica Williams, and then after the job we'd go to Logtown or Bayou Liberty and play in Juke Joints. Then we'd come back to N.O. around one or two in the morning and play the Dew Drop Inn. Where Guitar Shorty had the house band, I'd go get a pint of corn liquor. THEN I'D WAKE UP AND WE'D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN."