The Blues had fallen out of favor in the U.S. recording market in the 1960s, as it was considered retro and passé. Many talented blues musicians from the ’40s and ’50s were left with few options until British rock bands took notice and revived the genre by covering various classic American blues songs, often without credit, which fomented a resurgence of interest in the original recordings. The British were largely responsible for restarting the careers of such notables as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Even early blues-based rock and rollers Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley got career boosts, and all were more popular in England than they were in the United States at that time.
Riley B. “Blues Boy” King was one of the greatest bluesmen of all time, known for his roaring vocals and understated guitar solos. He paid the cost to be the boss, and this BBC documentary from 1972 is amazing. There’s no posing, no strutting or preening, just straight talk about influences and style in a refreshingly honest manner. There’s no point in posting other B.B. King videos here because this one covers it all.
R.I.P. Mr. King. That’s one hell of a legacy you left us.
The Dead Milkmen were a late 80s punk band from Philly. (Watch for the Sonny Bono promo.)
Mumford & Sons, courtesy of Bunkarina. Cool song, just like this one:
B.B. King, with Stevie Ray Vaughan (in Neil Young/Sam Kinison garb), Etta James and others playing The Wicked Wilson Pickett’s “Midnight Hour.” I recobanize the harp player, but don’t remember his name… starts with an ‘S’ I think. From the Utoobage description:
Check out SRV looking for permission from the King to play a solo… the King bows his head… and there he goes! 🙂
Ebony Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles, April 15th 1987
Have a great weekend, folks. See y’all back here tomorrow.
Martin Mull in 1973 gets back to his roots in the Lake Erie delta.
Martin Mull’s college roommate was Steve Martin who was no slouch on banjo.
Awesome. I can play the plastic scale, too, but putting it into a high-speed vid makes the grade.
Now THIS is really annoying, so much so that I’m not going to post it here. You’re on you’re own, and I dare you to listen to the whole tutorial. I couldn’t do it, but I can listen through this:
David Grisman & Jerry Garcia doing B.B. King’s classic “Thrill is Gone.”
To close it out, here’s B.B. King himself with Billy Preston and, um, Bruce Willis on harp. Have a great weekend folks, and remember that most of us can play harp better than Bruce Willis, who’s got no business at all in that lineup.
Okay. This kinda stuff is obnoxious and completely unnecessary in Bunk’s opinion. Sort of like taking your favorite beer, wine, champagne, brandy, whiskey, bourbon, gin and tequila, dumping it all in a plastic trash can, and declaring the resulting cacaphony great.
But there ARE some greats on that stage, including Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King, Little Richard (who tells everyone to go home), Bo Diddley, Fats Domino (?), and Jerry Lee Lewis (whose microphone should have been left turned off).