RIP Willie King 3/8/1943-3/8/2009: This sad news just in: Alabama blues legend Willie King has died of a heart attack. He was 66 (sadly, it was also his birthday). Widely acclaimed as a master of down home, juke joint blues, Willie ambassadored this music at numerous festivals in the U.S. and Europe. His music often reflected his admiration for the music of Howlin' Wolf. He put a socially conscious political emphasis on many of his songs.