Born near McComb, Mississippi in 1897, King Solomon would tend to hover around that Mississippi, Louisiana area for most of his life, according to those who knew him. Even less is known about his early years, but around 1915 he travelled to Louisiana where he married his wife, Roberta Allums. Allums would later be interviewed by Gayle Dean Wardlow, from which much of what is known about Hill was learned.
Quickly, upon reaching Louisiana, his talent must have become known, because he was soon playing with "Crying" Sam Collins, apparently one of the best known musicians of the area. For a great listening of Sam Collins, try listening to Lonesome Road Blues, which shows the emotional depth he could play with. Through the 20s, Hill seems to have remained in Louisiana, pursuing his musical career. It was reporetedly in 1928 that Hill met Blind Lemon Jefferson in Minden, Louisiana; later, he met Ramblin' Thomas also who he'd play with.
Later in 1932, Hill was recruited by Paramount, along with other musicians, for a large recording session. This is where Hill recorded the 8 sides which remain to this day. It's even only been recently that some of his records have been located — in 2002, a copy of My Buddy Papa Blind Lemon and Times Has Done Got Hard were found. Hill and those other musicians recorded these sides at Paramount's Grafton, Wisconsin studio, where other blues musicians like Blind Joe Reynolds had recorded a short time before.
Known to be a heavy drinker, Hill died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Louisiana in 1949.