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Albert Collins
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Musician
    (October 1, 1932-November 24, 1993)
    Born in Leona, Texas
    Blues guitarist
    Recorded the albums 'Trash Talkin' (1969), 'There's Gotta Be A Change' (1971), 'Ice Pickin' (1978), 'Frostbite' (1980), 'Frozen Alive' (1981), 'Don't Lose Your Cool' (1983), 'Showdown!' (with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, 1985) and 'Cold Snap' (1986)
    Cameo appearance in 'Adventures in Babysitting' (1987)
    Nicknamed 'the Ice Man,' 'the Razor Blade' and 'the Master of the Telecaster'
    His 'Ice Man' nickname inspired the titles of a lot of his instrumentals: 'The Freeze,' 'Sno-Cone,' 'Frosty,' 'Thaw Out,' etc.
    During a two-year period (1974-75), he quit the music biz entirely and became a construction worker (including working on Neil Diamond's house).
    He made a wine cooler ad with Bruce Willis.
    During live shows, attached to the amplifier by a 150-foot cord, he would come down from the stage and mingle with the audience while still playing.
    He was part of the 80s blues revival.
    He has a signature Telecaster model from Fender Guitar.
    He was cited as an influence by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Credit: C. Fishel


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