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Ben King is a Britishmarker-Americanmarker professional lead guitarist who is currently touring with Englishmarker blues-rock band The Yardbirds. He has gained popularity as a musician owing to his extensive technical ability of the guitar coupled with his young age.


Born to a musical family (his father having also been a professional guitarist) in 1984, King spent the majority of his life devoted to the guitar, growing up listening to the vast range of music provided by his parents. King developed an astute understanding of the guitar at a very early stage, garnering both a technical and philosophical approach alongside a head-down work ethic.

Having spent time in various bands and gaining local notoriety for his talent, he moved to Guildfordmarker, Surreymarker where he enrolled at the Academy of Contemporary Musicmarker. King received a good amount of attention from the faculty with his talents and, most importantly, gained the interest of ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Pete Friesen and Yardbirds bass guitarist John Idan.

Having completed his vocational studies, King was offered an audition by Idan, founding Yardbirds members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja. Speaking of Idan's interest in King, McCarty commented:

King playing alongside Chris Dreja in Basingstoke, 2008 (Marc Lacaze)

King was offered a role within The Yardbirds and replaced Jerry Donahue as lead guitarist in October 2005. The band booked a run of shows across England in that year before beginning to tour internationally in countries such as Germanymarker, Francemarker, Swedenmarker, Canadamarker and the United Statesmarker.

King features on The Yardbirds' recent live release Live At B.B. King's Blues Club (2007; Favored Nations). A clip of the song "I'm A Man", from this album was used by 20th Century Fox on the first episode of season 19 of The Simpsons.

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