Once, quite a long time ago, I spent an evening w/ BB and a bartender in a bar in Alaska. It had snowed heavily, and no one showed up for his show, so he performed solo for the 2 of us, all night long. That night lives in my mind as the epitome of gracious, inspired performances. I was truly awed. The talent that passed with this man is a great loss. The Master of the Blues is thrilling the angels now, as he has thrilled so many for so long. Thanks for the show, BB.
I envy your BB King private show, badly.
RIP you true legend.
Enjoy it while it is free. Just saw it and now I know why he is a big deal! Didn't know much about him before today!
Then there's this one as well:
Here is the original B.B. King photo.
That picture of Clapton chauffering him was done for an album the two did together called Riding with the King. Clapton initiated the project. It went 2X multi platinum in the U.S. (rare for a blues album) and won a Grammy.
I heard B.B. was in the hospital not too long ago and hoped all would be OK. He was/is truly an enormous influence on the blues genre and will be missed.
I was sad to hear that some of his recent performances were poorly received:
When it comes to aging music icons who still perform, I think of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones. They're in their early seventies, kids compared to B.B. King, touring in his late eighties. If you ever catch me booing a man like B.B. King for an erratic performance, punch me in the nose. Hard.
Googling a bit, I found out (or maybe I knew at one time) that B.B. King was the cousin of Bukka White, who first sparked my interest in the blues. There's something about that gravely voice and slide guitar.
B.B. King has a portion of the Pentatonic box patterns for guitar named after him, it's a place on the guitar neck known to guitarists as the "the B.B. King" box.
Then you learn how to play a lot of popular rock and pop songs, then you realize the overwhelming majority of guitar rock music over the past 50 years is very derivative of blues riffs, in fact it's all just blues music played really loud, distorted, and to a straight rhythm.
It's staggering to think how many great rock musicians have come and gone, and B.B. predated all of them by decades and outlived them for decades more, performing the whole time.
http://imgur.com/6UnkEd5 (from http://www.jambands.com/news/2012/12/04/bernard-purdie-joins...)
Hoping people will listen to his style and be inspired to make their instrument sing as well.
Watching Purdie talk about it on YouTube is informative.
The Time featured him in 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRIWH4HCoz8
BB reported in an interview years ago that he started off busking Gospel music. He found that lots of people came up and patted him on the head and praised him but no-one put any money in his hat.
So he switched to blues. Blues fans gave him the thumbs up and put money in his hat. The rest is history.
There's no way it's anywhere near as superficial as he makes it sound -- that's definitely just self-depreciation. I can't imagine anyone working that hard to teach, work with, and publicize other bluesmen simply because it brings in more money, especially at his age/wealth.
Joe Bonamassa sticks out in my mind as one of the people BB King really worked with.
Again, could be completely wrong so take of that what you will. Just my opinion.
Moore's blues songs are a million times better than his rock era, IMHO. Some nasty-sounding guitar tone there.
Additionally, King did very well to keep playing the blues over such a long period of time. If you listen to the songs from the 80s you can hear that he had to adjust (slap bass / boosted treble bass, round squishy synths and massive reverbs, horrible tom sounds) but he did well to carry on playing the blues through it and come back to a more traditional (normal!) sound afterwards.
Interestingly, he never played chords!
BB deserves a good send off. I don't know what to say, other than thank you for everything you did for the guitar, and for music, and for being a top bloke. I didn't know him personally but love how generous and charming he was in this video (some stunning playing by Derek Trucks too): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0NHlWgi5w
It might just be a rubbish mix on the album though - in person it is likely very different.
Of course you never appreciate this as much as you do once they're gone. May they both rest in peace.
♬ this thrill is gone away from me ♬ ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUaevnP1LLg
I did. You missed one of the greats. There are many other great singers, songwriters and artists you still can see. He light the stadium with his sound and smile.
A man in the audience stood up and started singing, and doing a very good job at it. The band picked up and followed the man singing, going right on through the song. Once his guitar was fixed, BB King came back in and sang backup for the man in the audience. His interaction with the audience for the entire show, and particularly this case, was amazing.
I find solace that on a site dedicated to technology and entrepreneurship, respect can still be paid to an artist such as B.B. King.
It hard to explain why exactly I, as a guitarist enjoy listening to his music. His heartfelt singing was warming but truthfully it the lady in his life. "Lucille". That's the name of his guitar. With her, he had this amazing tone. Its unbelievable. The way he made Lucille sing. This voice he gave her or she gave him just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up every time I listen to the pair of them.
People talk about legacy and he has an amazing one. It's true he has Inspired so many.
But don't be sad today, be happy for the man and the extraordinary life and legacy we celebrate which will continue to live on through his music.
PS I recommend the albums Deuces Wild and Riding with the King for your listening today.
If you have the means and opportunity, I can highly recommend a road trip down to Clarksdale, Missippi to visit the Delta Blues Museum:
Not sure if Chess Records on the South Side of Chicago is still accepting visitors, but that town has some amazing jazz and blues venues: the Green Mill, Buddy Guy's Legends, Lee's Unleaded, Checkerboard...
Now where did I stash that copy of "King of the Blues" so my old lady wouldn't toss it in the trash ;)
I just hope there is electricity in heaven - because today it'll sound like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3KTjeqltuQ
Just take a look at each of these and it'll draw you a picture of the king: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/b_b_king.html
That was my introduction to B.B. King. What else can I say? He will be remembered by so many people, and his music will stay with us.
I think that if a guitarist plays a lot of notes real fast, it often sounds like he or she is rapidly searching for the right one. Instead, BB played the right note at the right time -- with the right lead-in (slide up or bend).
RIP B.B., you'll be surely missed.
It's not his best concert but the sound and film is good.
His music will live on, reminding people why expressing yourself through arts is so great.
Another great blues musician died last year: Johnny Winter.
Between songs, a young woman shoulted: "I love you B.B."
He looked at her and said: "I love you too, honey."
"And everybody wanna know
Why I sing the blues
Well, I've been around a long time
Mm, I've really paid my dues"
Full lyrics: http://www.vagalume.com.br/bb-king/why-i-sing-the-blues.html