Saunders Samuel King, 13 March 1909, Staple, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 August 2000, Oakland, California, USA. Starting out as a singer, and obtaining a job with the NBC network, King took up the electric guitar in 1938 after hearing Charlie Christian. King formed his own band in 1942, and became popular around the San Francisco area; he then began recording for the small Rhythm Records and the first session produced his biggest hit, Saunders Blues. The song achieved more fame under the title S.K. Blues and became a staple in the repertoires of many blues shouters, such as Jimmy Witherspoon and Big Joe Turner. Later recordings for Modern /RPM/Flair (who bought the Rhythm masters and cheekily reissued S.K. Blues as New S.K. Blues!), Cavatone and Aladdin failed to emulate the success of S.K. Blues, and his final recordings were made in 1961 for Galaxy, after which he retired from professional music,...