Freddie King

Hide Away

Composed by Freddie King / Sonny Thompson

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No respectable blues band would dare mount a stage without having "Hide Away" in their arsenal as their principal instrumental break song. So rousingly recognizable is its galloping shuffle groove and stinging melody that it has reigned as the blues set-closer for several decades. Gilmer, TX-born guitarist Freddy King assimilated the sum of its parts from several sources while gigging on Chicago's West Side -- a late-'50s hotbed for a new, modern Windy City blues sound that melded the old-line aggressiveness of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf with B.B. King's single-string electric lead guitar fluidity (King's contemporaries included Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and Eddy Clearwater). King played at a West Side watering hole called Mel's Hideaway Lounge, the inspiration for the instrumental's title. Its musical genesis is a little more complex. King apparently copped the basic melody from boisterous slide guitarist Hound Dog Taylor; Magic Sam and Clearwater also customized the theme for their West Side fans, Sam cutting it as "Do yhe Camel Walk" in early 1961 for Mel London's Chief imprint. King also added snatches of Jimmy McCracklin's 1958 hit "The Walk" and Henry Mancini's noirish "Peter Gunn" to his ringing, fingerpicked rendition, waxed on August 26, 1960, at his first session for Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based Federal Records. King/ Federal A&R man and bandleader Sonny Thompson, who had recently signed the husky guitar powerhouse to the label, contributes understated piano to the track. But this is King's dazzling showcase -- his wide-open chord barrage and cascading riff poured over the break two-thirds of the way through were utterly fresh and innovative. Federal simultaneously promoted King as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist, a strategy that paid dividends when "Hide Away" shot up to number five on Billboard's R&B charts in the spring of 1961 (one of six R&B hits he nailed that year) and topped out at a very impressive number 29 pop. "Hide Away" had universal appeal; the incendiary workout turned up in the repertoires of several surf bands, leading King's label to capitalize on the connection by cobbling together a Freddy King Goes Surfin' LP with phony overdubbed applause.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King 1961 Sundazed
Freddie King Is a Blues Master 1969 Atlantic 2:26
Takin' Care of Business 1985
Live in Antibes, 1974 1988
Just Pickin' 1989 Modern Blues Recordings 2:36
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Axes & Saxes - The Great Instrumentals 1991
Various Artists
2:38
Live at the Texas Opry House 1992 Collectables
Rhythm & Blues: 1961 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Hide Away: The Best of Freddy King 1993 Rhino 2:36
Blues Hero 1994 Ace 2:37
King of the Blues 1995 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 4:47
Greatest Hits 1996 King / King 2:36
The King R&B Box Set 1996
Various Artists
Gusto Records 2:37
Blues Essentials [CEMA Special Markets] 1996
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:49
Mean Old World: The Blues from 1940 to 1994 1996
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:30
Boogie on Down 1997 Magnum America 4:50
Texas Flyer 1998 M.I.L. Multimedia 7:00
Texas Sensation 1998 Charly Records
Living the Blues [Time-Life Inc.] 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:37
Live in Concert 1999 Aim Records 7:04
Rock & Roll Show [King] 1999
Various Artists
King / King 2:24
Honky Tonk! The King & Federal R&B Instrumentals 2000
Various Artists
Ace 2:37
Ultimate Collection 2001 Hip-O 2:38
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Very Best of Freddy King, Vol. 1 2002 Collectables 2:39
The Very Best of the King/Federal/Deluxe Years, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:37
Kings of Blues [Fuel] 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 4:51
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey 2003
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O / Universal Strategic Marketing 2:36
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Blues Collection [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:37
Deep Blues Story 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:49
Are You Ready for Freddie 2004 Fuel 2000 4:24
The !!!! Beat: Legendary R&B and Soul Shows from 1966, Vol. 2 [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
The !!!! Beat, Vol. 6 [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
Texas in My Blues 2007 Floating World 2:43
Vol. 8 R&B Classics 2007
Various Artists
Gusto Records 2:37
Sweet Soul Music: 1961 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:37
Absolutely the Best of the Blues, Vol. 3 2009
Various Artists
Fuel / Varèse Sarabande 4:25
Texas Flyer: 1974-1976 2010 Bear Family Records 5:16
A  Bad Case of the Blues 2011
Various Artists
2:37
Freddie's Moody Blues 2012 Broken Audio 2:41
The Blues Live! 2012 Fuel 2000 / The Fuel Label Group 4:26
No Image 2013 Backtracks Records 2:39
Blue Feelings
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Britain Blues, Vol. 1: Skiffle, Folk, Rock 'n' Roll and Blues
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:37
Essential Texas Blues [Not Now]
Various Artists
Not Now Music
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 37
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:35
In the Beginning: The Mod Story
Various Artists
Not Now Music
Jukebox Favourites: The Best of Blues
Various Artists
AP Music
Mojo Music Guide, Vol. 4: Blues Power
Various Artists
Mojo Music (Independent) 2:37
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:37
The  All Electric Blues Album
Various Artists
Ideal Music Group 2:45
The  Original Sound of R&B 1961
Various Artists
Ideal 2:39
The Backbeat of Rock and Roll
Various Artists
Famous Flames 2:37
The History of Rhythm and Blues, Vol. 4 1957-1962
Various Artists
The History of Rhythm & Blues / Rhythm & Blues 2:38
The Story of the Blues Story [Not Now Music]
Various Artists
Not Now Music / Not Now UK
The Vintage Collection: Blues
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:37
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