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BB King at 87: the last of the great bluesmen
The Guardian ^ | 7 Oct 2012 | Ed Vulliamy

Posted on 10/07/2012 6:52:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan

The fat red sun settles itself against the horizon, throwing a last, honey-sweet light through humid evening and over a small crowd on the lawn beside a railroad track that cuts through the cotton fields beyond. A quarter-moon rises and a chorus of cicadas serenades imminent twilight, now conjoined by the sound of the band; the drummer catches the backbeat and the compere announces: "How about an Indianola hometown welcome for the one-and-only King of the Blues: BB KING!"

And on he comes, to applause from people who know him well and claim him as their own – the last of the blues masters a few weeks short of his 87th birthday. "Nice evening, isn't it?" he says, and introduces his nephew on sax. Some of his 15 children (all by different mothers) and innumerable grandchildren are in the audience, though one of his daughters died recently of diabetes, as had BB's mother – a poignant riptide beneath the occasion. "I guess you can look at me," he says from the stage, "and tell I'm the old man. My name is BB King."

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B.B. King at 87:The Thrill Is Not Gone!

1 posted on 10/07/2012 6:52:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
I gave you a brand new Ford
and you just said I want a Cadillac
I bought you a ten dollar dinner
You said Thanks for the snack
I let you live in my penthouse
You said it was just a shack
I gave you seven children
and now you wanna give 'em back.

2 posted on 10/07/2012 6:59:38 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Rummyfan
"I'd like to think I made a lil' footprint in the sand," he replies...

What a different generation. I'll leave it at that.
3 posted on 10/07/2012 7:02:38 AM PDT by NamVet71MP
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To: Rummyfan
This is one of the sweetest men I have ever met..Although he looked nothing like the picture above..
4 posted on 10/07/2012 7:08:06 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Rummyfan
RIP, Mr. King.
5 posted on 10/07/2012 7:11:27 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Rummyfan

Saw him live in 1970. Still ranks among the top ten concerts of my life.

When he played the White House I wonder if he changed the lyrics for one of his signature songs: “Nobody loves me but Obama, and he could be jivin’ me too.”


6 posted on 10/07/2012 7:12:27 AM PDT by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: oblomov

He ain’t dead, yet.


7 posted on 10/07/2012 7:13:34 AM PDT by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Rummyfan
Blues Boys Tune

One of my favorites

8 posted on 10/07/2012 7:14:09 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Rummyfan

I must admit that I’m not a BB King fan simply because his style is too urban. I read somewhere that his fingers were too large for him to play the traditional rural Delta bottleneck style, and that’s why his style is so urban. Too bad.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 7:15:45 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: oblomov

Uh...he aint dead, yet.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 7:17:12 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: Rummyfan

BB King has something in common with Steven Spielberg, to wit: He makes what he does look so easy that many watching think that THEY can do it too.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 7:18:57 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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Well........BB King is great, but he's not the "last of the great Bluesman".........there are at least two more:

MAGIC SLIM

http://www.magicslimblues.com/


BUDDY GUY

http://www.buddyguy.net/

12 posted on 10/07/2012 7:25:29 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Rummyfan

Seen king play twice, once in ‘97 and the other about 4 years ago. His stage demeanor is incredibly polite and respectful of the audience.

In ‘97 sixteen year-old Johnny Lang opened for him and about stole the show. It was hard to reconcile a kid with a singing voice that sounded like it had been drinking scotch and gargling gravel for 30 years.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 7:25:34 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Rummyfan

Had the privilege of seeing him live on three occasions over the years. Came away from one of the shows with a quick chat, and a signed 8x10 that hangs prominently in my home.
It’ll be a truly sad day when he’s gone.

Thanks for the post Rummy.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 7:26:35 AM PDT by Salty Longshanks
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To: Rummyfan
"Some of his 15 children (all by different mothers)..."

Huh...and here all this time I thought he only had eyes for Lucile..

15 posted on 10/07/2012 7:27:07 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: Gasshog

Oops...should have read the story.


16 posted on 10/07/2012 7:27:32 AM PDT by oblomov
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I would argue that he isn’t the last great blues artist by any stretch. Buddy Guy is still around and is a better blues artist in my opinion.


17 posted on 10/07/2012 7:28:01 AM PDT by GotGlock?
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To: Rummyfan

Saw him live on Boston Common with Bo Diddley and the great Charles Berry in 1972.

BB had to follow Chuck Berry. He played a few numbers, but the crowd was still roaring for Chuck.

A few bars of The Thrill is Gone, and the gathering hushed...

A Legend.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 7:28:01 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: oblomov

Well reading the comments the title was pretty misleading and this isnt the first time that Mr. King has “died” on the cyber-news.

I guess when he does finally pass away, nobody will believe it, eh?


19 posted on 10/07/2012 7:37:36 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: Rummyfan

I saw BB King a few times in the 1970s. Never liked his music much. Albert King (no relation) had some better tunes and Eric Clapton took and borrowed from him. I didn’t like BBs shtick ... But I admit the man made his mark


20 posted on 10/07/2012 7:56:42 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Rummyfan

you don’t hafta be black to be a great bluesman

Hank Jr. is a great bluesman


21 posted on 10/07/2012 8:02:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GotGlock?

Buddy can actually play, not just hit a few licks.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 8:32:39 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Rummyfan

“Gentlemen. Gentlemen. I don’t do chords.”


23 posted on 10/07/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Rummyfan

saw him a few years back, house of blues in chicago- OUTSTANDING!


24 posted on 10/07/2012 9:02:58 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: yldstrk
you don’t hafta be black to be a great bluesman Hank Jr. is a great bluesman

John Mayall is pretty good for a white guy...

25 posted on 10/07/2012 9:37:36 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Rummyfan

Saw him twice in the late 60s, when he opened for Janis Joplin. Loved him ever since.


26 posted on 10/07/2012 9:48:00 AM PDT by MomofMarine
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