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  • B. B. King - The Thrill Is Gone

    6:46

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    B.B. King is the greatest living exponent of the blues and considered by many to be the most influential guitarist of the latter part of the 20th century. His career dates back to the late forties and despite now being in his eighties he remains a vibrant and charismatic live performer. B.B. King has been a frequent visitor to the Montreux festival, appearing nearly 20 times, so choosing one performance was no easy task. This 1993 concert will surely rank as one of his finest at any venue. With a superb backing band and a great set list its a must for any blues fan.

    The thrill is gone
    The thrill is gone away
    The thrill is gone baby
    The thrill is gone away
    You know you done me wrong baby
    And you'll be sorry someday

    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

    The thrill is gone
    It's gone away for good
    The thrill is gone baby
    It's gone away for good
    Someday I know I'll be open armed baby
    Just like I know a good man should

    You know I'm free, free now baby
    I'm free from your spell
    Oh I'm free, free, free now
    I'm free from your spell
    And now that it's all over
    All I can do is wish you well

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  • B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone Crossroads 2010

    11:06

    Blues master B.B. King performs The Thrill Is Gone in Chicago at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival. The Crossroads Guitar Festival is a music festival and concert that benefits the Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment center located in Antigua, founded by Eric Clapton in 1998.

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  • B B King Best Songs - B B King Greatest Hits Full Album

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  • The Thrill Is Gone

    5:25

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    The Thrill Is Gone · B.B. King

    Completely Well

    ℗ 1969 Geffen Records

    Released on: 1969-12-05

    Producer, Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Bill Szymczyk
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Joe Zagarino
    Associated Performer, Vocals, Guitar: B.B. King
    Associated Performer, Keyboards: Paul Harris
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Hugh McCracken
    Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Gerald Fingers Jemmott
    Associated Performer, Drums: Herbie Lovelle
    Associated Performer, String Arranger: Bert DeCoteaux
    Composer Lyricist: Roy Hawkins
    Composer Lyricist: Rick Darnell

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  • Best Of BB King | 80 Minutes of The Blues Legend

    1:19:38

    Playlist -

    01 - Three O'Clock Blues
    02 - Please Love Me
    03 - You Upset Me Baby
    04 - Sweet Sixteen, Parts One & Two
    05 - Rock Me Baby
    06 - How Blue Can You Get
    07 - Every Day I Have The Blues (live)
    08 - Sweet Little Angel (live)
    09 - Don't Answer The Door
    10 - Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
    11 - The Thrill Is Gone
    12 - Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
    13 - Chains And Things
    14 - Ain't Nobody Home
    15 - I Like To Live The Love
    16 - Never Make A Move Too Soon
    17 - Better Not Look Down
    18 - There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
    19 - When Love Comes To Town (7' version)
    20 - Ten Long Years
    21 - I'll Survive

  • BB King Called This His Best Live Performance

    5:37

    This entire film is a must-see. Get it at This clip is a portion of my feature-length documentary, Sing Sing Thanksgiving, recorded in 1973 at the prison outside New York City. We got permission to present the concert from the Warden and took full of it to create and then record this incredible event plus tell the lives of some of the inmates who helped make it happen. To support my efforts to create more clips please donate to me at w advantage ww.patreon.com/allinaday. To reach me re my film, send me an email to allinaday@aol.com
    David Hoffman - filmmaker
    #bbking #bb #blues #sinsing #singsingprison

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  • B.B. King - Lucille

    10:14

    B.B.King - Lucille

  • BB King & John Mayer Live - Part 1

    9:00

    A clip of BB King and John Mayer's Improvised highlight jam at Guitar Center's King of the Blues 2006.

    Production Company: GSM Entertainment
    Director/Producer: Geoffrey McNeil

  • Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, BB King, Jimmie Vaughan

    7:04

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  • MASTERS OF BLUES / B.B. King - Eric Clapton -SRV - Buddy Guy

    29:26

    Mix Master Of Blues
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  • BB King breaks a guitar string in the middle of a performance, but...

    2:59

    BB King breaks a guitar string in the middle of a performance, but...

  • Blues-rock favorites, compilation of 8 more songs- Part 5

    1:10:28

    Mix of live and studio versions of songs from some favorite blues-rock artists and vocalists. All videos already available on YouTube. I have no financial interests in posting this video.
    For list of songs, click Show More below:
    00:00 The Thrill Is Gone - BB King, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan & friends - Guitar Crossroads Toyota Park, Chicago 2010.
    11:00 No Medicine Like The Blues - Buck 69.
    19:49 Trouble At Home - Gary Moore- Rare performance Sofia, Bulgaria 2007.
    25:24 Rocking Chair Blues - Isaac Scott.
    35:16 I´ll Take Care Of You- Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart - Live NY Beacom Theater 2011.
    40:49 All Over Again - The Stumble. [Original lyrics by B.B. King]
    51:48 Mary Had a Little Lamb - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Austin City Limits 1989.
    57:31 A Soul That's Been Abused - Ronnie Earl feat. Duke Robillard.

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  • B.B. King - Sweet Little Angel

    5:53

    Music video by B.B. King performing Sweet Little Angel (Live).

  • B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone ft. Tracy Chapman

    3:48

    Music video by B.B. King performing The Thrill Is Gone. (C) 1997 Geffen Records

    #BBKing #TheThrillIsGone #Vevo

  • B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone HD

    5:30

    B.B. King The Thrill Is Gone Lp : Completely Well ( 1969 ) BluesWay Records / ABC Records

  • BB King - I Like To Live The Love - Live in Africa 1974

    4:19



    B.B. King Live In Africa '74 is a rare - extremely rare - intimate view of
    B.B. King in concert. At age 49, having crossed over to wide popularity with his show
    at the Fillmore West in 1968 and secured his fame with the 1970 hit The Thrill Is Gone,
    B.B. stands onstage before Muhammad Ali and a crowd of 80,000 on the continent his
    ancestors left in chains and gives one of the most thrilling performances of his life. The
    King of the Blues (B.B.), Soul Brother #1 (James Brown) and other African-American
    artists on the bill reveled in the return to their cultural motherland for a gala affair that was
    attended by fans and journalists from all over the world.

    The backstory around this perfonnance is rich. Behind B.B. is a large orchestra,
    made up of core members ofB.B.'s touring band - pianist Ron Levy, drummer Sonny
    Freeman and saxophonist Bobby Forte - plus studio musicians recruited (mostly) from
    New York, including renowned session guitarist Larry Carlton. Directed by Hampton
    Reese, B.B.'s longtime friend and musical tutor (you'll see him in his plaid sport coat
    conducting the band), this collection of musicians achieved their amazing performance
    after a single rehearsal in Kinshasa. Hampton wrote the charts for all the songs in the set,
    and every musician was playing from those charts.

    Of the musicians who played that concert from B.B.'s 1974 touring band, only
    Ron Levy is still living. Here are some of his recollections of the unforgettable trip to
    Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and their historic performance there:

    To perform in Africa - the land of his ancestors, at this stadium event before
    80,000 - plus crazed, hot, sweaty, dancing and bouncing heads and soulfully
    pained hearts -- must have had a very special personal significance for B.B.,
    as it did for us all. We all realized this was not just another gig. It was history,
    good history. We were all very proud to be a part of it. As far as the set went,
    we performed 8.B.'s most famous hits. I have to say, this was probably the
    first lime this crowd ever heard - or heard of - B.B. King. but as usual he
    left them wanting more, as well as an indelible memory of his sincere personal
    passion and deep-felt blues.

    He definitely connected with them like the beloved king he is. If you're a
    B.B. King fan, you are in for a rare treat with B.B, King Live in Africa '74. If this is
    your introduction to the King of the Blues, you'll understand why he is so loved the
    world over.

    -Charles Sawyer

    Charles Sawyer is the author of the first biography of B.B. King.
    The Arrival Of B.B. King (Doubleday 1980, Da Capo 1982),
    He teaches History Of Blues In America at Harvard Extension School,
    and leads his own blues band, 2120 South Michigan Avenue.

  • BB King Youre gonna miss me live

    25:22

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  • BB King Guitar Lesson - Phrasing Over G Progression

    4:13

    From DCI Blues Masters Vol 3. I feel this excerpt does a good job of covering BB's style and techniques in a quick lesson. Will post more as I re-edit videos into a more user friendly structure for my own purposes.

  • BB King - The Thrill Is Gone

    4:58

    BB King plays 'The Thrill Is Gone' in 1989. Song written by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins in 1951.Guitar Blues. B.B. King. HD.

  • B.B. King Jams with Slash and Others Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011

    15:20

    B.B. King Jams with Slash and Others-Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011

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  • BB King & John Mayer, King Of Blues

    17:30

    BB King and John Mayer en dueto en el Guitar Center's King of the Blues 2006. Certamen que se realiza en busqueda de nuevos valores del blues.
    Presentación completa.
    Disfruten

  • Stand By Me, Ben E King, 1961

    2:58

    Ben E. King performing Stand By Me in 1961.

    Lyrics:
    When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we'll see
    No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
    Stand by me, stand by me

    If the sky that we look upon
    Should tumble and fall
    And the mountains should crumble to the sea
    I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
    Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

    Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
    Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

    Darlin', darlin', stand by me-e, stand by me
    Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me
    --

    ℗ 1960 Atlantic / Rhino

    #BenEKing #ClassicMusic

  • Tracy Chapman & BB King - The Thrill Is Gone

    4:15

    Tracy Chapman & BB King - The Thrill Is Gone (Live at the D a v i d L e t t e r m a n S h o w on November 7, 1997)

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  • BB King Rock Me Baby

    5:31

  • B.B. King - Why I Sing the Blues

    8:33

    Undisputed King of the Blues, B.B. King - Why I Sing the Blues

  • B.B. King with Slash and Others Jam - Live Performance

    15:17

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    Legendary blues guitarist BB King performs jams with very special guests Slash (Guns n Roses), Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Susan Tedeschi, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Ronnie Wood (Faces) live at the Royal Albert Hall.

    BB King is one of the most influential guitarists/singers of all time with a career that started in the 1940s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & BB King Texas Flood Live In New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    5:18

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  • B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone

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    Music video by B.B. King performing The Thrill Is Gone. (C) 2009 Montreux Sounds, S.A., under exclusive license to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.

  • B.B. King - Sounding Out - London 1972 HD 720p

    24:33

    B.B. King
    Sounding Out
    Command Studios, Piccadilly, London, 1972
    A BBCTV Production.
    Some word from the BBC:
    First transmitted in 1972, B.B. King is filmed at a recording session at Command Studios, Piccadilly, London during the sessions that led to the 'B.B. King in London' album. The blues legend talks about himself and the guitarists who have inspired him, including Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker

    Chapters:
    01 - Introduction
    02 - Kick It Off Somebody (Jam)
    03 - BB Talks about his First Gig (Beginnings)
    04 - Influences & Idols
    05 - BB The Band Leader
    06 - The Power Of The Blues (Session)
    07 - There's Only 7 Notes.....
    Run time:- 24:44

    Transfer To HD With Direct Audio Copy (By Evans)

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  • B.B. King with Slash - The Thrill Is Gone | 432hz ViDEO

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  • B.B. King - Dont Answer The Door

    5:13

    B.B. King-

    Woman, I don't want a soul,
    hangin' around my house when I'm not home
    Whoa, I don't want a soul, baby,
    hangin' around my house when I'm not home
    I don't want you to answer the door for nobody, baby,
    oh, when you're home and you know you're all alone

    I don't want your sister comin' by,
    because the little girl she talk too much
    If she wanna come by to visit us,
    tell her to meet us Sunday, down at the church
    'Cause I don't want a soul, baby,
    hangin' around my house when I'm not at home
    Yes, I don't want you to answer the door for nobody, baby,
    oh, when you're home and you know you're all alone

    If your mother wanna visit us,
    tell her I get home bout the break a day
    And that's too late to visit anybody, baby,
    so, tell her to please stay away
    'Cause I don't want a soul, baby,
    hangin' around my house when I'm not at home
    Yes, I don't want you to open the door for anybody, baby,
    oh, when you're home and you know you're all alone

    Now, if you feel a little sick, baby,
    and you know you're home all alone,
    I don't want the doctor at my house, baby,
    you just suffer till I get home
    'Cause I don't want a soul, baby,
    hangin' around my house when I'm not at home
    Yes, I don't want you to open the door for nobody, baby,
    when you're home and all alone

  • B.B. King - Darling, You Know I Love You

    4:22

    Classic blues performance

  • B.B King - Live in Stockholm 1974

    8:02

    A clip from B.B King live in Stockholm, Sweden 1974.
    That's what I call feeling!

  • Stevie Wonder - John Legend - BB King

    9:10

  • B.B.King Blues Band live at the North Sea Jazz Festival • 10-07-1987 • World of Jazz

    1:56:40

    B.B.King was a regular guest at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. This outstanding almost 2 hour long concert with his Blues Band was recorded live on 10th July 1987.
    Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
    King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname The King of the Blues.
    This recording was made by AVRO Television in the Congresgebouw, the Hague, The Netherlands on 10 July 1987.
    It features Leon Warren on guitar.

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  • B.B. King-Rock Me Baby Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2011

    9:11

    B.B. King Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    Rock Me Baby-lyrics

    Rock me baby, rock me all night long
    Rock me baby, honey, rock me all night long
    Rock me baby, like my back ain't got no bone
    Rock me baby, honey, rock me slow [x2]
    Rock me baby, till I want no more
    Keyboard!
    Alright alright

    Do you feel like singing
    I said do you feel like singing!
    Alright keep it grooving
    And now repeat after me

    Rock me (rock me)
    Rock me (rock me)
    Rock me baby (rock me baby)
    Rock me (rock me)

  • BB KING Best Solo Guitar King of Blues

    3:03

    BB KING Best Solo Guitar 2001

  • The Thrill Is Gone BB King, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmi Vaughn

    15:18

    A Classic! Must see!
    2010 festival
    The 2010 Crossroads festival was held at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on June 26, 2010.

    Performers
    In order of appearance. Comedian Bill Murray MC-ed.
    * Kirby Kelley (winner of Guitar Center's 2009 King of the Blues contest)Sonny Landreth
    * Robert Randolph and the Family Band joined by Joe Bonamassa and Pino Daniele
    * The Robert Cray Band with Jimmie Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin Bert Jansch
    * Stefan Grossman joined by Keb' Mo', ZZ Top
    * Doyle Bramhall II and Faded Boogie joined by Gary Clark, Jr. and Sheryl Crow
    * Vince Gill joined by Albert Lee, James Burton, and Keb' Mo'
    * Citizen Cope joined by Sheryl Crow
    * Earl Klugh with Yonrico Scott and Joseph Patrick Moore
    * John Mayer Trio
    * Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang and Ronnie Wood
    * The Derek Trucks Susan Tedeschi Band joined by Warren Haynes, Sheryl Crow, David Hidalgo,
    * Cesar Rosas, and Johnny Winter
    * Jeff Beck with Rhonda Smith, Narada Michael Walden, and Jason Rebello
    * Eric Clapton with Steve Winwood joined by Citizen Cope and Jeff Beck
    * B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton
    * Finale set with many artists returning for a performance of Sweet Home Chicago

  • BB King:How Blue Can You Get

    5:13

    How Blues Can You Get live at Cook County Jail

  • B.B. King Style Slow Blues Backing Track Jam in A

    5:27

    B.B. King Style Slow Blues Backing Track Jam in A for improvisation and practicing scales and rhythm.
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  • B.B. King - Please Accept My Love

    2:35

    B.B. King - Please Accept My Love

    From the DVD: BB King - Live At Montreux 1993 (released 2009)

    Lyrics:

    I don't even know your name
    But i love you just the same
    If you let me hold your hand
    Then i think maybe i can make you understand

    If you only, only knew
    Just how much i love you
    Loving you the way i do
    Then you'd take the night to love me too

    I'd like the picture on the wall
    So please don't let me fall
    It's my heart i'm thinkin of
    So please, please accept my love

    If you let me be your slave
    Your love i'll cherish to my grave
    And if you should die before i do
    I'll, i said i'll, i'll end my life to be with you

    Yes i will!

  • B.B. King, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi - Rock Me Baby

    9:08

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    Legendary blues guitarist BB King performs Rock Me Baby live at the Royal Albert Hall for a show that included some very special guests like Slash (Guns n Roses), Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Susan Tedeschi, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) and Ronnie Wood (Faces).

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    Lyrics
    Rock me baby, rock me all night long
    Rock me baby, rock me all night long
    Rock me baby, like my back ain't got no bones
    Rock me baby, honey, rock me slow
    Rock me baby, honey, rock me slow
    Rock me baby, till I want no more
    Rock me all night long
    Rock me all night long
    Rock me all night long
    Rock me all night long

  • B.B. King - Three O Clock Blues

    5:02

    B.B. King, King Of The Blues, Ain't Nothin' More To Say!!!

  • B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins & Buddy Guy in Apollo Theater 1993 Part 2

    13:45

    B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins & Buddy Guy/ Sweet Little Angel, Let The Good Times Roll - Apollo Theater 1993 Part 2








  • B.B. King - Ghetto woman

    5:17

  • BB KING - CHAINS N THINGS

    4:54

    CLASSIC BB KING

  • B.B. King ft. Eric Clapton | Riding With The King

    4:21

    I dreamed I had a good job and I got well paid.
    I blew it all at the penny arcade.
    A hundred dollars on a kewpie doll.
    No pretty chick is gonna make me crawl.

    Get on a TWA to the promised land.
    Every woman, child and man
    Gets a Cadillac and a great big diamond ring.
    Don't you know you're riding with the king?

    He's on a mission of mercy to the new frontier,
    He's gonna check us all on out of here.
    Up to that mansion on a hill
    Where you can get your prescription filled.

    Get on a TWA to the promised land.
    Everybody clap your hands.
    And don't you just love the way that he sings?
    Don't you know we're riding with the king?
    Riding with the king.
    Don't you know we're riding with the king?

    A tuxedo and shiny 335.
    You can see it in his face, the blue never lie.
    Tonight everybody's getting their angel wings.
    And don't you know we're riding with the king?

    I stepped out of Mississippi when I was ten years old
    With a suit cut sharp as a razor and a heart made of gold.
    I had a guitar hanging just about waist high
    And I'm gonna play this thing until the day I die.

    Don't you know we're riding with the king?
    Don't you know we're riding with the king?
    Riding, you're riding with the king.
    You're riding, you're riding with the king.

    Riding with the King was the first collaborative album by Eric Clapton and B.B. King.[1][2] They performed together for the first time at Cafe Au Go Go in New York City in 1967 when Clapton was 22 and a member of Cream, but did not record together until 1997 when King collaborated with Clapton on the song Rock Me Baby for his duets album, Deuces Wild.[3][4] Clapton looked up to King and had always wanted to make an album with him.[3] King said they had discussed the project often, and added: I admire the man. I think he's No. 1 in rock 'n' roll as a guitarist and No. 1 as a great person.[3] At the time of recording Riding with the King, Clapton was 55 and King 74.
    Clapton initiated the recording sessions for Riding with the King and included some of his regular session musicians on the album. He also chose the songs and co-produced the album with Simon Climie, who had previously worked on several of Clapton's albums.[1] While this would appear to be a Clapton album recorded with King, Clapton gave King center-stage, who took the lead on many of the songs with his singing and his solos.[5]
    The album contains five vintage King songs from the 1950s and 1960s: Ten Long Years, Three O'Clock Blues, Help the Poor, Days of Old and When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer.[3] Other standards include the Big Bill Broonzy-penned Key to the Highway (which Clapton had recorded in the early 1970s with Derek and the Dominos), Chicago pianist Maceo Merriweather's Worried Life Blues, a cover of Isaac Hayes's composition Hold On, I'm Comin' originally a 1966 single for Sam & Dave, and Come Rain or Come Shine from the 1946 musical St. Louis Woman. The balance of the tracks were written especially for the album.[1]
    The tracks are a mixture of acoustic (Worried Life Blues) and electric songs (Three O'Clock Blues), and vary from slow numbers (Ten Long Years) to mid-tempo stomps (Help the Poor).[6

  • B.B. King - Live in Dallas - Full Concert

    43:32

    B.B. King - Live in Dallas (1983) - Full Concert

    00:00 intro
    01:14 Nightlife
    06:00 Love me tender
    09:59 There must be a better world somewhere
    15:55 Better not look down (w. bass solo )
    22:22 Never make a move too soon
    27:56 Sell my monkey
    31:00 Inflation Blues
    35:18 The thrill is gone
    39:36 Everyday i have the Blues

  • In Performance at the White House | B.B. King The Thrill is Gone | PBS

    4:56

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    Blues legend, B.B. King performs The Thrill is Gone as part of the In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues show. Watch the full show on

  • BB King - Why I Sing The Blues - Live In Africa 1974

    6:21



    B.B. King Live In Africa '74 is a rare - extremely rare - intimate view of
    B.B. King in concert. At age 49, having crossed over to wide popularity with his show
    at the Fillmore West in 1968 and secured his fame with the 1970 hit The Thrill Is Gone,
    B.B. stands onstage before Muhammad Ali and a crowd of 80,000 on the continent his
    ancestors left in chains and gives one of the most thrilling performances of his life. The
    King of the Blues (B.B.), Soul Brother #1 (James Brown) and other African-American
    artists on the bill reveled in the return to their cultural motherland for a gala affair that was
    attended by fans and journalists from all over the world.

    The backstory around this perfonnance is rich. Behind B.B. is a large orchestra,
    made up of core members ofB.B.'s touring band - pianist Ron Levy, drummer Sonny
    Freeman and saxophonist Bobby Forte - plus studio musicians recruited (mostly) from
    New York, including renowned session guitarist Larry Carlton. Directed by Hampton
    Reese, B.B.'s longtime friend and musical tutor (you'll see him in his plaid sport coat
    conducting the band), this collection of musicians achieved their amazing performance
    after a single rehearsal in Kinshasa. Hampton wrote the charts for all the songs in the set,
    and every musician was playing from those charts.

    Of the musicians who played that concert from B.B.'s 1974 touring band, only
    Ron Levy is still living. Here are some of his recollections of the unforgettable trip to
    Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and their historic performance there:

    To perform in Africa - the land of his ancestors, at this stadium event before
    80,000 - plus crazed, hot, sweaty, dancing and bouncing heads and soulfully
    pained hearts -- must have had a very special personal significance for B.B.,
    as it did for us all. We all realized this was not just another gig. It was history,
    good history. We were all very proud to be a part of it. As far as the set went,
    we performed 8.B.'s most famous hits. I have to say, this was probably the
    first lime this crowd ever heard - or heard of - B.B. King. but as usual he
    left them wanting more, as well as an indelible memory of his sincere personal
    passion and deep-felt blues.

    He definitely connected with them like the beloved king he is. If you're a
    B.B. King fan, you are in for a rare treat with B.B, King Live in Africa '74. If this is
    your introduction to the King of the Blues, you'll understand why he is so loved the
    world over.

    -Charles Sawyer

    Charles Sawyer is the author of the first biography of B.B. King.
    The Arrival Of B.B. King (Doubleday 1980, Da Capo 1982),
    He teaches History Of Blues In America at Harvard Extension School,
    and leads his own blues band, 2120 South Michigan Avenue.

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