When, at a young age, Riley King saw T-Bone Walker play, he knew that he had to have an electric guitar. He'd become interested in music from listening to the wonderful choirs in Mississippi; and he received his first guitar lesson from a preacher friend. Good thing! He taught us all the meaning of: the Blues.
B. B. had an unprecedented string of hits in the Fifties, this is an early one. Always a signature song, "Sweet Little Angel" was one of the songs that he liked best.
B. B. King's immense popularity on the R&B charts, and his legendary status in Chicago, where overshadowed, in the late Sixties, when, "The Thill is Gone" propelled B.B. into superstar status, and into every record collection in the country.
In 1974, B.B.'s world travels took him to Africa for the first time. There was no way to avoid the tour being a big deal; and B.B. said that he was the most nervous that he had ever been; but everything went off smoothly, and the band played the show of a lifetime.
B.B. King was the ultimate survivor. He came from one of the poorest regions of the United States, grew up during the Great Depression, and ultimately rose to become the highest paid Blues musician of all time. He reinvented himself countless times: with major comebacks in the Nineties, with the U2 collaboration; and again in the 2000's, after appearing at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival; and he beat diabetes for three decades, almost a miracle in itself.
"Live at the Regal", B.B.'s 1969 recording taken from shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, has been called: "the definitive recording of Blues in live performance". The link below is to the entire album. Enjoy!
Ladies and Gentlemen: The World's Greatest Blues Singer: The King of the Blues, Mr. B. B. King!
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