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B.B. King: Background To A Living Legend

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1971

B.B. KING is the undisputed King of the Blues – fact! Every press release in existence on B.B. will tell you that he is a ...

B.B. King: 'I Owe My Popularity To The Beatles. They Started The People Towards Really Listening...'

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, November 1971

GUITARIST-SINGER B. B. King, at 45 the toast of many young musicians, arrives at London Airport next Friday (19) to appear in London and Bristol ...

Memphis Blues: Sun Rise

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Mirror, November 1971

IN 1950 WHEN Sam Phillips gave up his job as band promoter for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and opened the studio of the Memphis ...

B.B. King

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1971

PERHAPS MORE than any other single entertainer, B.B. King has contributed a good deal to "opening the doors" for the blues and for making it ...

B.B. King and Freddie King: Kings Of The Blues

Interview by Richard Green, NME, December 1971

Two bluesmen who have become living legends talk about their careers and the state of the blues today. And B.B. King and Freddie King both ...

Soul on Fire

Report by Philip Norman, Sunday Times Magazine, 1972

STEVIE WONDER crosses the hotel lobby, resting on the elbows of two other people. That he is blind, has been blind from birth, is nonetheless ...

Will Success Spoil B.B. King?

Comment by Tony Russell, Cream, January 1972

ANY ARTIST who becomes noticeably successful soon has the more inquisitive, the harder-to-satisfy, of his followers asking ‘What’s he going to do now?’. Some sit ...

Johnny Cash: The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me (CBS); B.B. King: Friends (ABC)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

IN WHICH two culture heroes find themselves well and truly on the artistic skids. ...

B.B. King: Keepin' The Blues Alive

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

THE WORD "blues" has become almost synonymous with the word "king", be it Albert, Freddie or B.B. The blues as a musical form has existed ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

IF ONLY B.B.King had let his fingers, and not his likeable but oversized ego, do the talking then I would have enjoyed his return to ...

BB King: The Las Vegas Tax Deductible Blues

Interview by Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, October 1978

PETE WINGFIELD played with B.B.King seven years ago, on one of the guitarist's less celebrated albums. They met up again last week – only this ...

B.B. King: An Audience With The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The King in question is Mr. B.B. King and in this exclusive interview he talks to John Abbey about the future of the blues as ...

B.B King: Reds and Blues

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1979

"I learnt the true meaning of freedom...But I also believe that music is the international denominator for bringing people together" ...

Muddy Waters, BB King, Chuck Berry: Woke Up This Mornin'…

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1979

...Blues Giants All Round My Bed. NICK KENT meets the Three Wise Men of the Blues. ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1980

A SLY old dog who knows all the tricks, B. B. King is capable of making you realise that the blues is rather more than ...

B B King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1980

THE QUALITY of B. B. King is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle dew from heaven...and I only wish Bill Shakespeare (what a fine ...

B.B. King: There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1981

IN 1966, B.B. King put out a live album entitled Blues Is King, and – as far as the major U.S. labels are concerned – ...

B.B. King: Love Me Tender (MCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1982

"HE HAS one musical ambition as yet unfulfilled: to make a series of classic albums. These consist of one album with a big band, one ...

Talkin' Blues: John Lee Hooker/B.B. King/Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Retrospective and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1982

THE BLUES speaks haltingly at first, haltingly and quietly in a darkened room. The curtains are drawn to shut out whatever passes for daylight during ...

B.B. King

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

IN CONSIDERING the dozens of potential candidates for this book, one essential ingredient was a representative of the blues/R&B heritage, for without the inspiration of ...

B.B. King: King Of The Blues

Profile by Tony Russell, History of Rock, The, 1983

Riley King was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, on 16 September 1925. For a young black boy growing up amid the poverty and racial segregation ...

B.B. King: Blues 'N' Jazz

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1983

A FEW years ago, B.B. King let it be known that there were three albums that he had always wanted to record: one album of ...

King B Stings: B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, May 1984

A GIANT of a man and a giant of the post-war blues boom, B.B. King is the figure most prominently placed to express the essential ...

Various Artists Sun Records: The Blues Years 1950 — 1956

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1986

"The blues is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better chair… it is the first chair. It is a chair for ...

B.B. King: Mississippi Homecoming

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, November 1989

RILEY B. KING, a son of the Mississippi Delta and by everyone's admission but his own the King of the Blues, stands by a two-lane ...

B.B. King: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, February 1993

From the no-horse town of Ita Bena, Mississippi, to the planet's most prestigious culture palaces, Riley "Blues Boy" King has spent half a century as ...

B.B. King: The Fortunate Son

Retrospective by Colin Escott, Goldmine, April 1994

B.B. KING'S misfortune is that we too often take him for granted. He has been there as long as most of us can remember, and ...

How to buy B.B. King

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, March 1998

HE’S FILED under ‘Blues’. Which is convenient. But Riley ‘Blues Boy’ King can be anything you want him to be — king of the juke ...

B.B. King: Bright Lights Big City

Report and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 1998

Fifty years ago B.B. King arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, and found himself in the eye of a musical hurricane. Today he celebrates the giants who ...

The Day B.B. King Went to Jail

Retrospective by James Maycock, Independent, The, September 1998

ON A SUBLIME autumn day in 1970, B.B. King performed for 2,117 prisoners in Cook County Jail. Against the sound of B.B. King's musicians ...

King Of The Road: On The Road With B.B. King In The Mid-1950s

Sleevenotes by John Broven, Ace Records, 2002

First published in the book accompanying the box set B.B. King: The Vintage Years (Ace Records), 2002. ...

A Monarch on Merseyside: BB King

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, July 2002

"MY BAND tells me I’ve earned the right to siddown if I wanna," says the vast man with the twinkly eyes. "I wanna." ...

B.B. King: Reflections

Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, August 2003

B.B. KING ALREADY had a career dating back 20 years - first playing to chitlin circuit audiences and then at the Fillmores and other psychedelic ...

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