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

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. ~ 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

Virtuoso blues guitarist and singer who combined technical agility with passionate vocals. ~ The Telegraph: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © The Telegraph

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September 16, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Seal, Kiss From A Rose ~ #2 (2) Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone ~ #1 (1) Coolio featuring L.V., Gangsta's Paradise


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 ~ Ranked #6 Rolling Stone Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ He plays in shortened bursts, with a richness and robust delivery. And there is a technical dexterity, a cleanly delivered phrasing. This was sophisticated soloing. It's so identifiable, so clear, it could be written out. John Lee Hooker – his stuff was too difficult to write out. But B.B. was a genuine soloist. ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

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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