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Remembering B.B. King – The King Of The Blues

The world has lost a true legend… B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89.   Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King- passed away late Thursday night in Las Vegas according to his daughter, Patty King.

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

When I started playing guitar 29 years ago, I was into hard rock and heavy metal.  I didn’t care anything about listening to blues or jazz or any of that stuff.  People would tell me, “…the stuff you’re listening to- is based in the blues.”  I thought they were nuts!  Then as I started getting more into technique, I started to really appreciate players with great vibrato.  I’d read interviews with some of my favorite guitarists and when the subject of vibrato would come up, without fail- the first name they would mention would be B.B. King.   So, I gave in and asked a friend of mine which B.B. King album should I check out.  He suggested, Live At The Regal.

B.B.-King-Live-at-the-regal

It was like a light switch had been flipped on!  I had been chasing after the “play as many notes as you possibly can” dream… and it was then that I realized that you don’t have to play 1,000 notes if you can say it all with one or just a few.  Some people can make a guitar talk, but B.B. could carry on a conversation with his.   Listen to “Sweet Little Angel” from Live At The Regal:

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