That time Albert King tried telling me that he wrote “As the Years Go Passing By”


By Steve Newton

As a blues fan I’ve been extremely lucky to have interviewed some of the genre’s greatest talents, including B.B. King, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Buddy Guy.

But I was particularly thrilled when I got to chat with Albert King, back in 1990, two years before “The Velvet Bulldozer” passed away.

At one point in the interview I asked the “King of the Blues” (Gary Moore‘s words) if he had a favourite tune that he was playing at the time, and he didn’t, but he rattled off some of the songs in his set.

When I asked Albert if he was also playing “As the Years Go Passing By”, and that it was one of my favourites, he told a fib.

“Yeah, I wrote that myself,” he said, but now that I’ve had to time do some research, it appears that it was written by “Deadric Malone”, a pseudonym for Don Robey.

Looks like old Al pulled a fast one on me back then.

That’s okay; I forgive him.

He’s Albert King, after all.

Have a listen:



One response to “That time Albert King tried telling me that he wrote “As the Years Go Passing By”

  1. Ron Robey was a legendary record label owner, producer and “songwriter”. He hijacked all of the song he was credited for. In Albert’s case he probably did it with his consent, since Albert (as U well know) was a REALLY big guy, and known for his temper “variations”. I doubt even Robey wanted to be on the wrong side of Albert…. Love your articles, BTW!

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