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B.B. King – Photo of The Week

B.B. King – Photo of The Week

B.B. King is the man who made his guitar express every imaginable blues emotion. The blues legend everyone admired. The man who played for Presidents and a musician so well known that his guitar, which he named Lucille, is known to every lover of the blues. During these crazy times, we can all agree that B.B. King is someone who can easily make us feel at ease which is why we chose this classic picture circa 1996 performing with his musical side kick Lucille.  

Classic Blues Music

He outlived all his peers and admired by generations of blues, rhythm ‘n’ blues and rock musicians. Furthermore, he stood as a reminder of a time when music was a way to overcome the obstacles of life. 

B.B. King started singing gospel songs on a Mississippi street corner as a teen. Growing into the world’s unrivaled ambassador of the blues. From his days making the rounds on the chitlin’ circuit to singing, touring and eventually creating his own label.

He wrote hundreds of songs and became quite popular to mainstream blues radio. At one point he’s dj-ing and singing on the radio.  He always took the time to help the new generations of blues musicians and is known for his great advice and kindness. Furthermore, Eric Clapton called him “the most important artist the blues has ever produced.” 

His Guitar Style

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left-hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist’s vocabulary.

His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck.  B.B. mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound.

In B.B.’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”  Furthermore, he left a long legacy for future generations to embrace. We can all appreciate this!

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