Original Greatest Hits CD (2005)

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This 40-track collection covers such classics as "Every Day I Have the Blues," "You Upset Me, Baby," "Sweet Little Angel," and "Please Love Me" from his tenure at RPM and Kent between 1952 and 1962. His only crossover pop hit from this era came in 1964 (but recorded in 1962) when "Rock Me Baby" charted for three weeks in 1964, peaking at No. 34. The final two tracks, "Miss Martha King" and the b-side "When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes," are from his 1949 debut single on the Bullet label.

Specifications

Label Virgin Records
SKU 64006400
UPC 094631165429
UPC 14 00094631165429
Format CD
Release Date 9/13/2005
Sales Rank 18
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Author B. B. King
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Associated Artist/Work BB King
Associated Artist/Work Berry, Chuck
Associated Artist/Work Bland, Bobby
Associated Artist/Work Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Artist Influence Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist Influence Bukka White
Artist Influence Charlie Christian
Artist Influence Django Reinhardt
Artist Influence Elmore James
Artist Influence Johnny Hodges
Artist Influence Lester Young (Saxophone)
Artist Influence Lonnie Johnson
Artist Influence Louis Jordan
Artist Influence Lowell Fulson
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Robert Johnson
Artist Influence Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Influence T-Bone Walker
Artist Influence The Fairfield Four
Artist Influence W.C. Handy
Artist Contemporary Albert Collins
Artist Contemporary Albert King
Artist Contemporary Arthur Adams (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Bobby "Blue" Bland
Artist Contemporary Buddy Guy
Artist Contemporary Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Artist Contemporary Eric Clapton
Artist Contemporary Freddie King
Artist Contemporary Howlin' Wolf
Artist Contemporary Hubert Sumlin
Artist Contemporary Ike Turner
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Reed
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Rogers (Blues)
Artist Contemporary Joe Hill Louis
Artist Contemporary John Lee Hooker
Artist Contemporary Johnny Copeland
Artist Contemporary Junior Parker
Artist Contemporary Little Milton
Artist Contemporary Little Walter
Artist Contemporary Lowell Fulson
Artist Contemporary Luther Allison
Artist Contemporary Magic Sam
Artist Contemporary Michael Bloomfield
Artist Contemporary Muddy Waters
Artist Contemporary Otis Rush
Artist Contemporary Ray Charles
Artist Contemporary Robert Cray
Artist Contemporary Robert Nighthawk
Artist Contemporary Robert Ward
Artist Contemporary Rosco Gordon
Artist Follower Big Jack Johnson
Artist Follower Bill Perry
Artist Follower Bonnie Raitt
Artist Follower Buddy Guy
Artist Follower Buster Benton
Artist Follower Canned Heat
Artist Follower Chris Thomas (Guitar #1)
Artist Follower Delbert McClinton
Artist Follower Diane Schuur
Artist Follower Don "Sugarcane" Harris
Artist Follower Downchild Blues Band
Artist Follower Duke Robillard
Artist Follower Eddie Kirkland
Artist Follower Eddy Clearwater
Artist Follower Elvin Bishop
Artist Follower Eric Clapton
Artist Follower Eric Gales
Artist Follower Flaco Jim?nez
Artist Follower Fleetwood Mac
Artist Follower Freddie King
Artist Follower Free
Artist Follower George Bedard
Artist Follower Guitar Shorty
Artist Follower J.J. Cale
Artist Follower Jeff Beck
Artist Follower Jeff Healey
Artist Follower Jimi Hendrix
Artist Follower Jimmie Vaughan
Artist Follower Jimmy Page
Artist Follower Joe Bonamassa
Artist Follower Joe Louis Walker
Artist Follower Joe Walsh (Guitar)
Artist Follower John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Artist Follower John Scofield
Artist Follower Johnny "Big Moose" Walker
Artist Follower Kinsey Report
Artist Follower Koko Taylor
Artist Follower Lazer Lloyd
Artist Follower Little Milton
Artist Follower Long John Hunter
Artist Follower Luther Allison
Artist Follower Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson (Trumpet)
Artist Follower Michael Bloomfield
Artist Follower O.V. Wright
Artist Follower Omar & the Howlers
Artist Follower Otis Rush
Artist Follower Robert Cray
Artist Follower Roy Buchanan
Artist Follower Rufus Thomas
Artist Follower Savoy Brown
Artist Follower Shuggie Otis
Artist Follower Smokin' Joe Kubek
Artist Follower Son Seals
Artist Follower Stevie Ray Vaughan
Artist Follower Susan Tedeschi
Artist Follower The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Artist Follower The Holmes Brothers
Artist Follower The Nighthawks
Artist Follower The Vivino Brothers
Artist Follower The Yardbirds
Artist Follower Tinsley Ellis
Artist Follower Vaughan Brothers
Artist Follower Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Artist Follower Warren Haynes
Artist Follower Z.Z. Hill
Artist Follower ZZ Top
Technical Info
Producer Jules Bihari; Joe Bihari; Saul Bihari; Overton Ganong
CatalogID 11654
Lable Name Virgin
Released 09/13/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094631165429
Album Notes and Credits
Blues legend B.B. King is well represented by ORIGINAL GREATEST HITS, which essentially elaborates on 2002's CLASSIC MASTERS. While both compilations feature many of the guitarist/vocalist's successful early singles (the woeful "3 O'Clock Blues," the devoted "Please Love Me," the rollicking "Every Day I Have the Blues," etc.), the two-disc ORIGINAL GREATEST HITS offers up more than three times as many tracks as the previous CD, making it more enticing for those seeking to delve further into King's impressive catalog of Memphis electric blues.
Artist Overview
The great Memphis guitarist and singer B.B. King has been the most high-profile figure in blues since the 1960s, ever since his LIVE AT THE REGAL album established him as a superstar. King has collaborated successfully with everyone from Bobby Bland to U2, but he made his name as a soulful, enthusiastic bandleader. His beloved Gibson ES-345 guitar, "Lucille," is the source of King's trademark sound--percussive attack, dramatic string-bending, and spare lead lines with a vocal-like quality.
Artist Bio
B.B. KingHis reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. He is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can't get enough of him.For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bene, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues.B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot," became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.'s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.Soon after his number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands. From the chitlin circuit with its small-town cafes, juke joints, and country dance halls to rock palaces, symphony concert halls, universities, resort hotels and amphitheaters, nationally and internationally, B.B. has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years.Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In B.B.'s words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."In 1968, B.B. played at the Newport Folk Festival and at Bill Graham's Fillmore West on bills with the hottest contemporary rock artists of the day who idolized B.B. and helped to introduce him to a young white audience. In 1969, B.B. was chosen by the Rolling Stones to open 18 American concerts for them; Ike and Tina Turner also played on 18 shows.B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo(MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990 and Mississippi Valley State University in 2002. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.In 1991, B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 and two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002. In 1996, the CD-Rom On The Road With B.B. King: An Interactive Autobiography was released to rave reviews. Also in 1996, B.B.'s autobiography, "Blues All Around Me" (written with David Ritz for Avon Books) was published. In a similar vein, Doubleday published "The Arrival of B.B. King" by Charles Sawyer, in 1980.B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues" are concert (and fan) staples. Over the years, the Grammy Award-winner has had two #1 R&B hits, 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues," and 1952's "You Don't Know Me," and four #2 R&B hits, 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 pop.
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 3 O'Clock Blues,Be Careful With A Fool
2 Blind Love,Please Accept My Love
3 She's Dynamite,Days Of Old
4 You Know I Love You,Worry, Worry
5 Please Love Me,Confessin' The Blues
6 Story From My Heart And Soul,Sweet Sixteen Parts 1 & 2
7 Woman I Love, The,Ain't Nobody's Business
8 Neighborhood Affair,Walkin' Dr. Bill
9 When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer,My Own Fault
10 Every Day I Have The Blues,You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
11 Love You Baby (Take A Swing With Me),Downhearted (How Blue Can You Get?)
12 Ten Long Years,I'll Survive
13 You Upset Me, Baby,Mashed Potato Twist
14 Boogie Rock (House Rocker),Down Now
15 Crying Won't Help You,Peace Of Mind
16 Bad Luck,That Evil Child
17 Did You Ever Love A Woman,Blues Stay Away From Me
18 You Don't Know,Rock Me Baby
19 Sweet Little Angel,Miss Martha King
20 On My Word Of Honor,When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 3 O'Clock Blues,Be Careful With A Fool
2 Blind Love,Please Accept My Love
3 She's Dynamite,Days Of Old
4 You Know I Love You,Worry, Worry
5 Please Love Me,Confessin' The Blues
6 Story From My Heart And Soul,Sweet Sixteen Parts 1 & 2
7 Woman I Love, The,Ain't Nobody's Business
8 Neighborhood Affair,Walkin' Dr. Bill
9 When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer,My Own Fault
10 Every Day I Have The Blues,You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
11 Love You Baby (Take A Swing With Me),Downhearted (How Blue Can You Get?)
12 Ten Long Years,I'll Survive
13 You Upset Me, Baby,Mashed Potato Twist
14 Boogie Rock (House Rocker),Down Now
15 Crying Won't Help You,Peace Of Mind
16 Bad Luck,That Evil Child
17 Did You Ever Love A Woman,Blues Stay Away From Me
18 You Don't Know,Rock Me Baby
19 Sweet Little Angel,Miss Martha King
20 On My Word Of Honor,When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes
Product Attributes
Artist King,B. B.
Label Virgin Records
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