Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freddie Robinson was raised in Arkansas and moved to Chicago in 1956. Inspired as a guitarist by Joe Willie Wilkins, he first recorded that year. In 1958, he began touring with Little Walter, and after seeing a jazz band perform was inspired to learn music formally at the Chicago School of Music. He also began working with Howlin' Wolf, recording with him such notable blues classics as "Spoonful", "Back Door Man" and "Wang Dang Doodle".
In the mid-1960s, he played with R&B singers Jerry Butler and Syl Johnson, before joining Ray Charles' band in Los Angeles. In the early 1970s, he worked with English blues bandleader John Mayall, playing on the album Jazz Blues Fusion. He also recorded two albums in his own name - At The Drive In and Off The Cuff for Stax Records.
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