Original Greatest Hits (2005)
|Artist: B. B. King|
|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.|
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Notes & Personnel Info
|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.|
Producer: Jules Bihari; Joe Bihari; Saul Bihari; Overton Ganong
Blind Lemon Jefferson | Bukka White | Charlie Christian | Django Reinhardt | Elmore James | Johnny Hodges | Lester Young (Saxophone) | Lonnie Johnson | Louis Jordan | Lowell Fulson | Muddy Waters | Robert Johnson | Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) | T-Bone Walker | The Fairfield Four | W.C. Handy
Albert Collins | Albert King | Bobby "Blue" Bland | Buddy Guy | Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown | Eric Clapton | Freddie King | Howlin' Wolf | Hubert Sumlin | Ike Turner | Jimmy Reed | Jimmy Rogers (Blues) | Joe Hill Louis | John Lee Hooker | Johnny Copeland | Junior Parker | Little Milton | Little Walter | Lowell Fulson | Luther Allison | Magic Sam | Michael Bloomfield | Muddy Waters | Otis Rush | Ray Charles | Robert Cray | Robert Nighthawk | Robert Ward | Rosco Gordon
Big Jack Johnson | Bill Perry | Bonnie Raitt | Buddy Guy | Buster Benton | Canned Heat | Chris Thomas (Guitar #1) | Delbert McClinton | Diane Schuur | Don "Sugarcane" Harris | Downchild Blues Band | Duke Robillard | Eddie Kirkland | Eddy Clearwater | Elvin Bishop | Eric Clapton | Eric Gales | Flaco Jim?nez | Fleetwood Mac | Freddie King | Free | George Bedard | Guitar Shorty | J.J. Cale | Jeff Beck | Jeff Healey | Jimi Hendrix | Jimmie Vaughan | Jimmy Page | Joe Bonamassa | Joe Louis Walker | Joe Walsh (Guitar) | John Lee Hooker, Jr. | John Scofield | Johnny "Big Moose" Walker | Kinsey Report | Koko Taylor | Little Milton | Long John Hunter | Luther Allison | Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson (Trumpet) | Michael Bloomfield | O.V. Wright | Omar & the Howlers | Otis Rush | Robert Cray | Roy Buchanan | Rufus Thomas | Savoy Brown | Shuggie Otis | Smokin' Joe Kubek | Son Seals | Stevie Ray Vaughan | Susan Tedeschi | The Fabulous Thunderbirds | The Holmes Brothers | The Nighthawks | The Vivino Brothers | The Yardbirds | Tinsley Ellis | Vaughan Brothers | Walter "Wolfman" Washington | Z.Z. Hill | ZZ Top
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 09/13/2005|
|Original Release Date : 2005|
|Catalog ID : 11654|
|Label : Virgin|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00094631165429|
His 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.