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Albert Collins

They called him The Iceman, The Razor Blade, and The Master of the Telecaster. Albert Collins earned these nicknames for his sharp, cool guitar playing, and the Texas bluesman lived up to every one of them. Along with his band, The Icebreakers, Collins' live shows -- driven by his kinetic stage presence -- were legendary testaments to the power of the blues.

Albert Collins was born on the 1st of October, in 1932 in Houston, Texas. Being exposed to music at a very early age, his first guitar heroes soon came to be his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins and the nowadays legendary, John Lee Hooker. In 1941 the Collins family decided to move back Albert's birthplace, Houston. From the beginning he was mostly interested in the organ and the piano, but soon he found a lot bigger interest in the guitar, which he had started to play at the local church. However he didn't become really serious about his guitar playing until he in the beginning of the 50s, started to tour the black juke joints in Houston's black areas. In 1952 he formed his own group, Albert Collins & the Rhythm Rockers, which included musicians like Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones, and “Little” Milton Campbell.

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