B.B. King

by Bob Adleman

USA. Memphis, Tennessee. 1968. As blue as he can be, Sunbeam’s Club Paradise. “B.B. KING’S face mirrors every chord he plays. The man known as the Beale Street Blues Boy is the foremost living practitioner of the form. The blues is, I think, a great American literature that sees the world through the prism of the man-woman thing, It’s music that mysteriously dips into the darkest registers yet ultimately sounds triumphant.


BB King - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
For comparison … BB says, Blind Lemon Jefferson (original performer) was a hero of his.

Need Your Love So Bad
  • Need Your Love So Bad
  • B.B. King (with Sheryl Crow)
  • B.B. King & Friends - 80 (2005)

Need someone’s hand to lead me through the night
I need someone’s arms to hold and squeeze me tight
Now, when the night begins, whoa, I’m at an end
Because I need your love so bad

Great Song! Great Version! Had to post it!  ;)


Day 29

The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King ft. Tracy Chapman

I’ve said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
-B.B King-

B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get (Live at Farm Aid 1985)