Ridin’ with the King

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 16 2015

Category: Uncategorized


Today would have been B.B. King’s birthday.  He would have been 90 years old, having passed away in May of this year at 89.  He was in the music biz for nearly 70 years.  He began his recording career in 1949 with a small studio in Memphis with little success.  Then he began being recording with RPM Records in Los Angeles.  His producer was Sam Phillips, who later launched the famed Sun Records.  He was known as The King of the Blues and one of the “Three Kings of Blues Guitar” along with Albert and Freddie.  He was a near workaholic and toured prolifically, reportedly performing live 342 times in 1956.

Most everyone knows he named his guitar Lucille, but the reason why is kinda funny.  He was playing in a juke joint in Twist, Arkansas when a bar brawl started.  During the fight, a fire broke out in the club.  King left with everyone else but  went back in to retrieve his guitar.  The two men, killed in the fire, were reportedly fighting over a woman named Lucille.  Thus the well-known monicker came to be, to remind him not to fight over women.

B.B. King was a master guitarist, being ranked no. 6 on Rolling Stones Greatest 100 Guitarist of All-Time list in 2011.  However, he once admitted he couldn’t play chords well and relied heavily on improvisation.  His first Billboard R&B Chart no. 1 was in 1952 with “3 O’Clock Blues”.  He was the opening act on the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour, he won a Grammy for “The Thrill Is Gone”, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Official Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.  He was an icon and exceptionally influential.

In honor of the King of the Blues, my songs of the day are:

“When Love Comes To Town” by B.B. King and U2

“The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King

“Every Day I Have The Blues” by B.B. King

“Baby I Love You” by B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt

“Riding With The King” by B.B. King and Eric Clapton

7 comments on “Ridin’ with the King”

  1. Wonderful tunes! Thanks for them and the info too!

    Liked by 1 person

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