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  posted on 3/31/2008 at 11:00 PM
.....via Memphis.



I did a post on Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee.Let's plug it in now.
Some of my favorites by the Beale Street Blues Boy.

Riley King at age 16.



B.B. King at age 82.



B. B. King

Background information
Birth name Riley B. King
Also known as B.B. King
Born September 16, 1925 (1925-09-16) (age 82)
Origin Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA
Genre(s) Memphis blues, Soul-blues, Rhythm and blues
Instrument(s) guitars, voice, piano
Years active 1947 – present
Label(s) Geffen
Website www.bbking.com
Notable instrument(s)
Lucille
B. B. King (born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925) is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone magazine ranked King the 3rd "Greatest Guitarist of All Time" in 2003.



Career

Recording years

B. B. King arrived in Memphis for the first time in 1946 to work as a musician, but after a few months of hardship he left, going back to Mississippi. There he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit and returned to Memphis two years later. Initially he worked at the local R&B radio channel WDIA as a singer. In 1949, he began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. King was also a disc jockey in Memphis, where he gained the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", later shortened to "B. B." Before his RPM contract, B. B. had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which got a bad review in Billboard magazine and did not chart well.

In the 1950s, B. B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music, amassing an impressive list of hits 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." In 1962,B.B. King signed to ABC-Paramount Records, which was later absorbed into MCA Records, and then his current label, Geffen Records.

In November 1964, King recorded the Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois.


B. B. King in concert in France (1989)King's first success outside the blues market was his 1969 remake of Roy Hawkins' tune "The Thrill Is Gone." King's version became a hit on both pop and R&B charts, which was rare for an R&B artist. It also gained the number 193 spot in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Songs Of All Time. He gained further rock visibility as an opening act on The Rolling Stones much-ballyhooed 1969 American Tour. King's mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love."


Going mainstream

The 1980s, 1990s and 2000s saw King recording less and less. Yet throughout this time he maintained a highly visible and active career, appearing on numerous television shows and performing 300 nights a year. In 1988 King reached a new generation of fans with the single “When Love Comes To Town,” a collaborative effort between King and the Irish band U2 (on their Rattle and Hum album). In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record Riding With the King. In 1998 B. B. King appeared in "The Blues Brothers 2000" playing the part of the lead singer of the Louisiana Gator Boys, along with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Koko Taylor, and Bo Diddley.

In 2003, King shared the stage with the rock band Phish in New Jersey, performing three of his classics and jamming with the band for over 30 minutes.

In June 2006, King was present at a memorialization of his first radio broadcast at the Three Deuces Building in Greenwood, Mississippi, where an official marker of the Mississippi Blues Trail was erected.

B. B. King also made an appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival put on by Eric Clapton. On the DVD he plays "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" and "Rock Me Baby" with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, and Hubert Sumlin.

In June 2006, a groundbreaking was held for a new B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. The museum is scheduled to open September 13, 2008.


Farewell tour

Aged 80 at the time, on March 29, 2006, King played at the Sheffield's Hallam Arena. This was the first date of his UK and European farewell tour. He played this tour supported by ex-shredder/rocker turned bluesman Gary Moore, with whom King has previously toured and recorded, including the song "Since I Met You Baby". The British leg of the tour ended on April 4 with a final UK concert at Wembley Arena.

In July King went back to Europe, playing twice (July 2nd and 3rd) in the 40th edition of the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival and also in Zürich at the Blues at Sunset on July 14th. During his show in Montreux at the Stravinski Hall he jammed with Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, David Sanborn, Gladys Knight, Lella James, Earl Thomas, Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Barbara Hendricks and George Duke. The European leg of the Farewell tour ended in Luxembourg on the 19th of September 2006 at the D'Coque Arena (support act: Todd Sharpville).



Live at Montreux, July 2006In November and December, King played six times in Brazil.

During a press conference on November 29th in São Paulo, a journalist asked King if that would be the actual farewell tour. He answered: "One of my favorite actors is a man from Scotland named Sean Connery. Most of you know him as James Bond, 007. He made a movie called "Never Say Never Again."

On July 28, 2007, B. B. King Played at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival with 20 other guitarists to raise money for the Crossroads Center, Antigua for addictive disorders.


Legacy

Over 52 years B. B. King played at least 15,000 performances.

He has made guest appearances in numerous popular television shows, including The Cosby Show,The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sesame Street, Married With Children and Sanford and Son.

King is the subject of a biography, B.B. King: There is Always One More Time, by the noted New York-based music writer David McGee.

In the Beatles' song "Dig It" from the Let It Be sessions, John Lennon states "Like the FBI...and the CIA...and the BBC...BB King...and Doris Day...Matt Busby...Dig it..."

Personal life

B.B. King at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON, CanadaB. B. King is a licensed pilot, a known gambler, a vegetarian, non-drinker, and non-smoker. King has lived with Type II Diabetes for over twenty years and is a visible spokesman in the fight against the disease, appearing in advertisements for diabetes-management products.

On January 26, 2007, while on tour, King was hospitalized in Galveston, Texas due to a low-grade (100.4°F) fever after a recent bout of influenza. He was released on January 27, after an overnight stay.He resumed his touring on January 30 in Texas and gave another 30 performances in the US.

His favorite singer is Frank Sinatra. In his biography King speaks about how he was, and is, a "Sinatra nut" and how he went to bed every night listening to Sinatra's classic album In the Wee Small Hours. King has credited Sinatra for opening doors to black entertainers who weren't given the chance to play in "white dominated" venues. Sinatra got B. B. King into the main showrooms in Vegas during the 1960s.

Each year, during the first week in June, a B. B. King homecoming festival is held in Indianola, Mississippi.

Famed Delta Blues artist Bukka White is King's first cousin.

Boxer Sonny Liston was King's uncle.

It is reported that he has fathered 15 children.


Lucille

One of his trademarks is "Lucille", the name he has given to his guitars since the 1950s after he escaped a fire at a juke joint he was playing in. The fire was started by two men who were fighting over a woman named "Lucille". During their fight, they knocked over the bucket of burning kerosene used for heat. When King escaped the building, he realized that he had left his guitar in the burning building. He ran back inside to get it and after learning of what happened, he named his guitar "Lucille" to remind himself not to do it again.

By his own admission, he cannot play chords very well and always relies on improvisation, never thinking what to play beforehand.





B.B. King/Why I Sing The Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uX-_rdAMPo

BB King - Sweet Little Angel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hLsjkLpQYg

bb king & Gladys night, please send me someone to love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jot9br3ea60

B. B. King & Friends - The Thrill is Gone
with Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield and Phil Collins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYeUq2RKLg

B.B. King - Sweet Sixteen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACZZSpc5ODQ

 

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Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 
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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:26 AM
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Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.

We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.

Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.

Brother against brother....

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:55 AM
To those interested, B.B. will be headlining/closing the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival, I believe on Sunday, June 8th. This will be the first time he's played the festival in 20 years.

The first night, Thursday the 5th, Johnny Winter and James Cotton, among others, will be performing in a tribute to Muddy Waters. This wil be the first time Johnny's been there since the first one in 1984.

I'll be going those two nights, at least. Can't wait to see how the weekend fills in.

Come on up for the largest FREE blues festival in the world.*






*At least, I think I read that somewhere.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 08:55 AM
Come in and visit. One of the only free Blues Festivals around.
 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 09:12 AM
My daughter left this past Saturday for Memphis. She is staying about 20 minutes away from downtown. She called Sunday night from her motel room. She and her friends wanted to know what is there to do in Memphis...............I laughed and said head down to Beale Street. She asked whats that about. I told her to call me when she got there....................

About two hours later, I got the call. They were very surprised. Having a great time and listening to some great live music. She said the band sounded like DTB. Of course I got a huge thank you.
I said, thats what Dads are for......................I wished I was there with them. I can not wait to get back to Beale Street.

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 09:24 AM


Here I am on Beale St.. this past summer 07'... not a great picture but I'm there on the advice of a very good friend....

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 09:58 AM
Rainy, what are you talking about that this isn't a great picture??? Of coarse it is silly!!!

 

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Here I am on Beale St.. this past summer 07'... not a great picture but I'm there on the advice of a very good friend....


Wow! Even the sunshine and ambient light on Beale Street is Blue . . . I wonder how they pulled that off?

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:25 PM
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Come in and visit. One of the only free Blues Festivals around.


And be sure to stop by Julie's (Chicagofan) Peruvian Restaurant!!!

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:30 PM
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Come in and visit. One of the only free Blues Festivals around.

And be sure to stop by Julie's (Chicagofan) Peruvian Restaurant!!!
http://www.tasteofperu.com/

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:31 PM
Rainy you look terrific in that photo!!!

Interesting trivia too! Sonny Liston was BB King's uncle? WOW!!! Who knew?

Last time I was on Beale St. was 1970!!! Of course, I was just a child!

 

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  posted on 4/1/2008 at 06:45 PM
Ill head down to Chicago for free BB King

 

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