|Throughout the past seven decades, there has been only one King of the Blues – Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Over the years, 15 Time Grammy® Winner, B.B. King has had several #1 R & B hits, such as: “Three O’Clock Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Please Love Me,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Sweet Sixteen, Part I,” and his most popular crossover hit, “The Thrill Is Gone.”
B.B. has one of the world’s most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise 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 including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck. B.B.’s technique is complex, featuring delicate filigrees of single string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos, and “bent” notes.
Don’t Miss Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member, B.B. King, Sunday, March 3 at 7pm.