‘Spot Light on a Song’
Hello music fans! I hope you’ve had a good week. Kind of sad day for the music world. So I won’t waste any time getting right to it.
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, he is considered one of the most influential blues musicians and guitarists of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues”.
For me, the loss of BB King is like the end of an era. And I feel so old saying that. But my first real memory, and love for him and his music, came at the ripe old age of 15. I was getting ready for school and specifically brushing my hair. When U2 topped the charts most weeks and was very influential to my generation. And the 1988 single reached this new generation of fans with the single “When Love Comes to Town”, a collaborative effort between King and the Irish band U2 on their Rattle and Hum album. It was an instant sound that are still visceral memories of mine.
So today we honor ‘The King’….well, the other king. And the love for blues and his indelible influence on music.
Enjoy this clip. My favorite part is when BB King himself is recorded saying “I’m not very good at chords” to Bono. Huh?!! And he’s being serious. I appreciate his humbleness more than anything. Rest in peace BB King. You will always live on!
Strum a little…..