A musician, who played 300 shows in a year, even into his 80s, B.B King shall always be remembered in the history of music as one of the greatest musician. B.B.King, whose real name was Riley B. King, began recording his first songs in 1945. Over the course of his career, he won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. BB King did not invent the Blues, he devoted his career to evolving the genre, making it popular along the way, and inspiring generations of artists down the line. He is widely considered the King of Blues.
Listed here are some of his greatest performances.
B.B.King- ‘The Thrill is Gone (Live)’
“The Thrill is Gone” is a version of the similarly titled 1931 song written by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. B.B.King’s version of the song won him a Grammy in 1970 and a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998. King’s version was also placed at number 183 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
B.B. King – ‘Live at Regal’ (1965)
Recorded in November, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago, ‘Live at Regal’ is one of the greatest Blues albums in history.This was kings first live album and became his first charting LP upon its release in 1965. B.B. announces his intention to go back and “pick up some of the real old blues”
B.B. King and Bobby Bland – ‘Together for the First Time-Live’ (1974)
Bland and King started touring together extensively in the 1970s , and soon realized how beautifully their styles complemented each other.
“How Blue Can You Get”
How Blue can you get was first recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers in 1949. It became a hit for B.B.King in 1964, and very soon was part of his live shows .This is a performance at the New York State’s Sing Sing prison in 1972.
His music is soothing and touches the heart. Some of his renditions make the hair stand on end. He is no more with us, but his music shall remain immortal. King said “As long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”