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Friday, May 15, 2015

B.B. King

Larger than life, the end of an era, etc.; what else can you say?

There probably isn't a single blues/rock/jazz guitarist who wasn't influenced by B.B. King. 

Dead at 89; he was still touring up until a few months ago.

Rolling Stone has a very nice tribute to him. And you can listen to a few of his songs Here and Here.




Blogger Snave said...

I had the pleasure of hearing him play in the early 1980s in Eugene at the student union ballroom. I was seated in the second row, right in the center, and was probably about 10-15 feet from him. What a great career he had, and what a great artist he was!

May 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: That's a great experience you had. I saw Mike Bloomfield in a small club in Orange County, and Albert Collins at the student union at Cal State Long Beach -- both in the early '70s. Musical memories like that are priceless.

May 15, 2015 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

A legend has moved on, leaving a widow named Lucille.

Be sure to visit Dave Dubya's tribute -- including link to not-to-old Crossroads get-together of many of the best.

May 16, 2015 at 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw him and Bobby Blue Bland at the old Circle Star Theater in San Carlos news years eve 1982-83?

It is well known that BB King acknowledged over 35 children, I met 34 herself, his daughter Claudette who was getting a career of her own.

A friend saw him over a year ago, they wheeled him out and he play a little over a 30 minute set and people asked why he kept doing it?

One the road was his life and like Bobby Bland who toured til he died, they really don't know another life.

Second BB inspired a lot of people but he wasn't as well paid as they were. When he finally became a "living legend" he was making the best money in his life but unfortunately was too old and sick to give a quality show.


May 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JG: My condolences to Lucille :)

Are you sure it's Dave Dubya's site you're talking about? I just went there and didn't see anything about BB King.

May 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik (I guess we were both writing our comments at the same time): That must have been great, BB King and Bobby Blue Bland playing together. It makes sense that some performers would keep on touring no matter how old and infirm they get, since this is what they've been doing for decades; they don't know any other life.

May 16, 2015 at 11:54 AM  

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