B.B. King

B.B. King

  • 02 Nov 15:53
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Legendary Memphis blues guitarist and singer, B.B. King, was probably the most recognisable figure in blues of the late-20th Century. Armed with his ever present, beloved Gibson guitar 'Lucille', King released a string of superb albums from the 50s through into the new millennium, including the seminal 1965 set, Live At The Regal, which launched him to superstardom. He has collaborated with a staggering array of talent ranging from fellow bluesmen such as Bobby Bland, to rock megastars like U2 and Eric Clapton, lending his trademark, fluid, almost voice-like guitar lines to hundreds of recordings. Now in his eighties, King continued to tour across the world, his playing and voice seemingly oblivious to the ravages of time. The last of the real giants of the blues, he is universally loved and revered, and a world of blues without B.B. King being there is unimaginable, such is his importance.

Followers: Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert King, ‘Little’ Joe Blue

Influenced By: Peter J. Clayton, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lester Young, Bukka White, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan...

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