B.B. King, singer, guitarist
Guitarist ~ Singer
birth name: Riley B. King

B.B. King

September 16, 1925, Indianola, MS ~ May 14, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done. ~ B.B. King

“Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said, to make the audience understand what I’m trying to do more,” King said in 2006. “When I’m singing, I don’t want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.” ~ The Guardian: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © The Guardian

Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said in his autobiography, ‘Blues All Around Me’ (1996), written with David Ritz. ~ New York Times: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © New York Times

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Robert Johnson may be the father of the blues and Muddy Waters may have established the blues template for the electric crossover of today’s rock stars, and Buddy Guy may yet eclipse the King as the most recognized blues performer, but no one will ever take B.B. King’s crown as King of the Blues. His influences range from preachers to jazz giants, from Delta sharecropping guitar pickers to the King of Rock and Roll. His friends include U. S. Presidents, Popes, and rock stars from The Beatles to U2. ~ American Blues Scene: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © American Blues Scene

B.B. King ~ Voted #55 Guitar World 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time in 2012.

In 2012 two B.B. King albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #95 Live In Cook County Jail (1971) ~ #24 Live At The Regal (1965)

B.B. King ~ Live At The Regal (1965) ~ Ranked #141 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Recorded in Chicago in 1964, as a new audience of white rock fans was discovering the blues, Live At The Regal is B.B. King's definitive live set. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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