He performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, where he began to develop an audience.
King's appearances led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten-minute spot on the Memphis radio station WDIA.
A self-taught guitarist, he then wanted to become a radio musician.
He named the guitar Lucille, as a reminder not to fight over women or run into any more burning buildings.
including "You Know I Love You", "Woke Up This Morning", "Please Love Me", "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer", "Whole Lotta Love", "You Upset Me Baby", "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Sneakin' Around", "Ten Long Years", "Bad Luck", "Sweet Little Angel", "On My Word of Honor", and "Please Accept My Love".
This led to a significant increase in his weekly earnings, from about to ,500, with appearances at major venues such as the Howard Theater in Washington and the Apollo in New York, as well as touring the entire "Chitlin' circuit".
During one show in Twist, Arkansas, a brawl broke out between two men and caused a fire.
He evacuated along with the rest of the crowd but went back to retrieve his guitar.
From the 1980s to his death in 2015, he maintained a highly visible and active career, appearing on numerous television shows and performing 300 nights a year.