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B. B. King
Riley B. King, also known as B.B. King, born in September 1925, is an American blues musician, singer, guitarist and songwriter. He has also been called the “King of the Blues” and “Ambassador of the Blues”. His great success owes much to his hard work as a touring musician who had between 200 and 300 shows a year.
Keeping the trends and skillfully incorporating other favored forms – jazz and pop, he remained faithful to the blues.
As a guitarist, B.B. King is best-known for his single-note solos. His unique tone is smooth and majestic and he is known for his wicked string bends and sensible approach that makes every note count.
In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with RPM Records. Before the contract he had released the single “Miss Martha King”, but it didn’t chart well.
In the 1950s, B.B. King became one of the most important names in the R&B music, with the hits “You Know I Love You”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Please Love Me”, “Every Day I Have the Blues” etc.
A record-breaking year for King was the 1956, when he had booked 342 concerts and three recording sessions, and also in the same year he formed his own record label, called Blues Boys Kingdom, where he produced artists such as Millard Lee and Levi Seabury.
In 1970, King won Grammy Award with his song “The Thrill Is Gone”, which topped the pop and R&B charts and was on the 183rd spot in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In 1988, B.B. King reached a new generation of fans with “When Love Comes to Town”, which is a result of collaboration between King and U2 on their album Rattle and Hum.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked King at No. 6 on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011, and he was ranked at No. 17 in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. B.B. King is considered as the most influential blues musician of all time and is referred to a man who brought the blues from the margins to the mainstream.
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5 essential B.B. King songs to listen to on the fifth anniversary of the blues legend's death
It's been five years since B.B. King went silent.
The blues legend died on May 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. He was 89.
For nearly 70 years, the Mississippi native – accompanied by his beloved guitar Lucille – delighted crowds worldwide with his one-of-a-kind sound.
Alzheimer's disease, heart failure and the effects of diabetes contributed to King's death, a medical examiner found. Allegations that he had been poisoned were ruled out.
King made a lasting impact on the blues community, one that's still felt. Over the course of his career, he performed live more than 15,000 times.
Rolling Stone ranked King No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists, behind Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck.
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"Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you," King told USA TODAY in 2005. "I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.''
His sound – and his work ethic – helped shape a new generation of performers, blues and otherwise.
"I fell in love with B.B.'s voice before I ever picked up a guitar,'' Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes told USA TODAY after the star's death. "When I started playing guitar a few years later, I realized his voice and his guitar were the same thing. That inspired me to try and achieve that balance myself."
For those familiar with King's works – or those new to his music – here are five essential songs to play on the fifth anniversary of his death.
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'Three O’Clock Blues' (1951)
Lasting impact: One of King's first major hits. The audio quality on the initial recording wasn't great because it was recorded at a Memphis YMCA rather than in the studio.
Sample lyrics: "Now here it is three o'clock in the mornin' / Can't even close my eyes / Oh, three o'clock in the mornin', baby / Can't even close my eyes / Well, I can't find my baby / Lord, and I can't be satisfied."
'Every Day I Have the Blues' (1955)
Lasting impact: Pinetop Sparks initially recorded this tune in 1935, 20 years before King made it his own. King's cover was one of four versions of the song to reach the top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart.
Sample lyrics: "Nobody loves me / Nobody seems to care / Yes, nobody loves me / Nobody seems to care / Speaking of worries and trouble darling, you know I've had my share."
'Sweet Sixteen' (1959)
Lasting impact: Near the end of the '50s, King sought to broaden his appeal with hits such as this one. The softer sound helped introduce him to new audiences.
Sample lyrics: "When I first met you, baby / Baby, you were just sweet sixteen / When I first met you, baby / Baby, you were just sweet sixteen / You just left your home then, woman / Ah, the sweetest thing I'd ever seen."
'The Thrill Is Gone' (1969)
Lasting impact: King made this Roy Hawkins tune a bona fide hit, earning a Grammy Award for best male R&B vocal performance in 1970. It ranks No. 185 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Sample lyrics: "The thrill is gone / It's gone away from me / The thrill is gone, baby / The thrill is gone away from me / Although, I'll still live on / But so lonely I'll be."
'To Know You Is To Love You' (1973)
Lasting impact: Stevie Wonder contributed to the title track of King's 22nd studio album.
Sample lyrics: "To know you is to love you / But to know me is not that way you see / 'Cause you made me so happy / That my love for you grows endlessly."