It's hard to know what to write about BB King. 89 years is more than a decent innings but I'm still sad. For me, his music isn't so much about the songs, it's about his guitar tone and his attitude. Even from the point of view of a fan who never even sat in the same room as BB, it's obvious that he was a true gentleman. My Friend DJ BudE did indeed meet Mr King twice and said that, "you could tell that he took the time with people no matter their age or status".
BB King - You're Gonna Miss Me - https://youtu.be/12MKmxnH2yY
U2's Rattle and Hum film and double LP marked a resurgence in interest in BB Kin'g music. It's probably my favourite "rockumentary". There are three pivotal moments in the movie for me. First is when the picture moves from black and white into stunning technicolour during "Where The Streets Have No Name". That bit is wasted on a small screen, you have to see it at the cinema to understand. The second bit is The Edge playing a Rickenbacker at Sun Studios during the recording of "Angel of Harlem"; it's almost the perfect sound. And then there's the footage with BB King which is sublime.
BB King and U2 - When Love Comes To Town (Rattle and Hum excerpt) - https://youtu.be/ZRHV-HWhqWQ
Freddie King, Albert King and BB King are all gone now but the Blues lives on. "We Three Kings" indeed...
I've got nothing else this week. Buy yourself a ticket to see us play on May 30th, it's a great show.
"The sky is cryin', look at the tears rolling down the street...", Elmore James, The Sky Is Crying, 1959.