The Beale Street Blues Boy: B.B. King

Today’s artist is B.B. King!

B.B. King, also known as Riley B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later blues electric guitar players.

He is known for his song “The Thrill Is Gone” (1970).
“The Thrill is Gone” hit number three in the R&B charts. King’s version of “The Thrill is Gone” hit number fifteen in the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. “The Thrill is Gone” is a melancholy, minor key twelve bar blues song featuring strings and excellent production. The focus of “The Thrill is Gone” is on B.B.’s soulful voice and emotional, often improvised blues guitar solos. “The Thrill is Gone” debuted on King’s 1969 album Completely Well. – (classicrockhistory). Check out his 1993 Montreux Performance.

(click here to purchase The Thrill Is Gone on Amazon)

Another one of my favorite is “Everyday I have the Blues” (1956).
An old blues standard, King’s cover of “Every Day I Have the Blues” was based on an arrangement by earlier bluesman Memphis Slim. Maxwell Davis contributed heavily to King’s new arrangement of “Every Day I Have The Blues.” “Every Day I Have The Blues” was very well received by the public hitting number eight in the R&B charts. King’s version of “Every Day I Have The Blues” won a grammy award in 2004. “Every Day I Have The Blues” first appeared on King’s very first album, 1956’s Singin’ The Blues. – (classicrockhistory)

(click here to purchase Everyday I Have the Blues on Amazon)

And lastly but not least, “How Blue Can You Get” (1963).
B.B. King’s ”How Blue Can You Get” hit ninety-seven on The Billboard Hot 100. “How Blue Can You Get” became a staple of King’s live shows for the remainder of his long career, appearing on numerous live B.B. King albums. “How Blue Can You Get?” has been covered by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. – (classicrockhistory)

(click here to purchase How Blue Can You Get on Amazon)

* Feel free to read more about Top 10 B.B. Songs here.

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