BB KING R.I.P. 1925-2015

May 15, 2015 – 2:20 pm

Blues legend BB King has died in Las Vegas at the age of 89, his lawyer has said. Brent Bryson told the Associated Press King died peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2015 at his home in Las Vegas. He had been suffering ill health in recent months and was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness. The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as The Thrill Is Gone, Lucille, Sweet Black Angel and Rock Me Baby. He played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille and was a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton. He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for One Kind Favor. Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year. - Guardian/BBC

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Houston 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Rockefeller’s, Houston, TX; December 12, 1982 (late show). Very good mono soundboard.

Thanks to goody for sharing the show at Dime.

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Master Mono SBD recording recorded on a Sony TC-D5M cassette deck with Dolby B using Maxell UDXLII C-90 Tape
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Disc 1
Track 101. Introducing The BB King Orchestra 2:07 (3.5MB)
Track 102. Unknown Instrumental 6:16 (10.5MB)
Track 103. Unknown Instrumental 6:53 (11.6MB)
Track 104. Introducing BB King 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 105. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 106. Crying Won’t Help You 5:55 (9.9MB)
Track 107. I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 108. I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone (tape flip) 9:31 (16.0MB)
42 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. BB Monologue/You’re Losing Me/Nobody Loves Me But My Mother 13:48 (23.2MB)
Track 202. I Like To Live The Love 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 203. Guess Who 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 204. Instrumental 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 205. How Blue Can You Get? 8:28 (14.2MB)
Track 206. Theme Music/Band Introductions 11:55 (20.0MB)
Track 207. The Thrill Is Gone 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 208. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 209. Theme Music (BB leaves stage) 3:01 (5.1MB)
63 mins

BB King - guitar, vocals
Eugene Carrier - keyboards
Russell Jackson - bass
Leon Warren - guitar
Caleb Emphrey, Jr. - drums
Calvin Owens - trumpet, arranger/conductor
James “Boogaloo” Bolden - trumpet
Edgar Sunigal, Jr. - tenor saxophone
Lucille - what else?

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  1. 46 Responses to “BB KING R.I.P. 1925-2015”

  2. Oh, no!!! R.I.P. King of blues!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on May 15, 2015

  3. Sad news. He must be the last of that generation of blues men to go.

    By jack bond on May 15, 2015

  4. Sad news. He must be the last of that generation of blues men to go.

    By jack bond on May 15, 2015

  5. I consider myself lucky to have seen him a few times. RIP BB.

    By Rick on May 15, 2015

  6. sad sad sad news…

    the thrill is gone…

    rip bb…

    & rip lucille (the sound)…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 15, 2015

  7. There is a heartfelt video remembrance on Facebook from an obviously shaken Eric Clapton. Check it out. Lucky to have seen the King of the Blues about 15 times…still not nearly enough. Time to get out some BB cds and play the blues.

    By RollingStoner on May 15, 2015

  8. 43 studio albums and 16 live ones all together. i have a link that allows one to choose which they want to dl. i wont offer it here since bigo wont want that. but its a fantastic collection of 59 official albums. if anyone is interested and u post an email address ill send it to u.

    By darth on May 15, 2015

  9. rip bb a true giant of music. i saw him several times he was a great entertainer as well as a great musician and a gracious man.

    By barth on May 15, 2015

  10. Thanks for the share, Big O.

    About 20 years ago, a good friend of mine was working at a radio station that was sponsoring a B. B. King show. My buddy was able to get me in the show, and we got to watch the performance from the stage. Lovely experience. May he rest in peace.

    I am assuming he was working up until the end because he needed the money, which is a crying shame. Better late than never, but I’d like to suggest that anyone interested in Mr. King’s catalog should click on the link Big O provided above, and purchase some albums in a legit manner. Dunno if his estate will see any of the money, but a fella can hope for the best.

    By mackdaddyg on May 15, 2015

  11. The world is a bluer place today. Rest in peace Mr. King.

    By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015

  12. here is a link to my favourite B.B tune from my equally favourite lp of his.R.I.P. Mr.King

    By sluggo on May 15, 2015

  13. Very sad news, about the Ambassador of The Blues. “Live at The Regal” (November 21, 1964,Chicago) must be considered one of the greatest albums of all times. Thank You, Mr. King…

    By harmon on May 15, 2015

  14. Eric Clapton has left a very touching video tribute on B.B.`s facebook page if you can access it.

    By sluggo on May 15, 2015

  15. In November 1985 I had the pleasure of seeing B.B. King at Gilly’s Nightclub in Dayton, Ohio with alate, great friend of mine. Jerry Gillotti (aka “Gilly”) happens to be my Godfather and he set us up with a front row center table, directly in front of Mr. King & Lucille. I swear we could feel the sweat dripping off B.B. as he played. As B.B. was ready to walk off stage after the last song and before the encores, he reached over and handed me the guitar pick that he’d been using that nite. I know I still have that guitar pick somewhere, and while I found the ticket stub after a brief search this morning, finding that guitar pick will take a bit more searching I guess. I’d like to think that my late friend will be able to catch B.B. King playing the blues whenever he wants in the heavens above.

    By jfarrell04 on May 15, 2015

  16. One of the all time greats.
    He will be missed.

    By YogaforCynics on May 16, 2015

  17. 43 studio albums and 16 live ones all together. i have a link that allows one to choose which they want to dl. all class darth bb not dead 24 hours and you already talking about robing his grave shame on you

    By bronze medal on May 16, 2015

  18. glen is the classic con artist scum…always has been…always will be…it’s all about him & how much attention he can get…no $$$ directly in his pocket this time but “let’s rip off BB’s estate now”…

    and who in their right mind would send glen a personal email address to the scumbag kook that he is…?

    fucking tool grave robber…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on May 16, 2015

  19. This is really truly getting close to the end of a genre of musicians.There just are not that many players left from this generation of blues artists,so sad really to loose this form,sure there a lot of young players out there but the majority of them do not really embrace the blues so much as blues rock , and while it is a genuine style it simply isn`t the real blues. My favourites have been gone a long time, Slim Harpo, Freddie King, Mississippi Fred and Howlin` wolf, fortunately their recorded works are widely available to this day but going to actually see and hear these artists play is becoming harder and harder. The Blues lost a huge member this week , one that can never be replaced, lets all raise a glass and toast the man, the legend that is Mr.B.B.King.

    By sluggo on May 16, 2015

  20. Sluggo & JerryF: Sluggo, good distinction, worth articulating. I’d add that it’s even less the songs or the style played than the life lived.
    Jerry, in case you haven’t noticed, we’re ALL thieves by being here and taking something offered for free instead of satisfying a desire to hear by paying for it. Ragging on one person for offering more of what is already being given to us is not just hypocritical, it shows your single-minded hatred and anger overwhelms all else.
    And go ahead and trash me. I expect no less.

    By Happy Camper on May 16, 2015

  21. HC…let’s not get into the legalities of roio’s vs official releases…& let’s not get into the philosophical arguments of once we are born into this world we are all theives to each other & this world this earth…

    sluggo completely agree with your statement…it has to do with the era…history of the USA & their generation during that time frame that all of the great musicians you mentioned were living in…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 17, 2015

  22. mackdaddyg - BB King’s estimated worth when he died was over $10 mil according to several sources. Not pointing it out to correct you or get into the d/l argument. But, while I certainly don’t “KNOW”, I assume that he played live and recorded for as long as he could because that was his life, that’s what made him happy, and that’s what made me love him even more.

    Saw him once, April 27, 1991 in a show that included Buckwheat Zydeco and Miles Davis. An amazing night.

    By jdallenx on May 17, 2015

  23. jdallenx,

    Thanks for clarifying. It’s good to know Mr. King was doing all right for himself. With all due respect, I still stand by my point that instead of downloading his available catalog for free, maybe it would be better to click on the link provided by BigO and go that route instead.

    By mackdaddyg on May 17, 2015

  24. bb’s last show was oct 3rd house of blues chicago il but it was evidently a horrible performance as was most of the perfs he did last year and understandably so in his condition. even back in june and prior he was putting in horrible shows. some of them he did 2 songs and a couple of notes in a 3rd. the majority of these shows from last year evidently werent worth going to and i havent seen any reviews by any attendees that were positive. pity that he didnt stop sooner. thankfully we have over 5 decades of performances and those 59 albums to enjoy. my last time seeing him was in 94 or 95.

    By darth on May 17, 2015

  25. pity that he didnt stop sooner,its a pity darth you just dont stop now you are a horrible person , now you are saying horrible things about the last few days of a great man,always trying for the last word shame on you

    By the duke on May 17, 2015

  26. As kids, we thought (or wanted to think) that BB, Albert & Freddie were all brothers by a different mother and that somewhere a Big Baddy King was running around with the most coveted DNA on the planet. Did any of these 3 ever jam together?

    By Happy Camper on May 17, 2015

  27. Damnit, meant Big DADDY King (it’s early).

    By Happy Camper on May 17, 2015

  28. theres a great clip of bb and albert king with srv, eric clapton and many other blues legends on the rolling stone mags e c tribute page to b.b its gold cant say if Freddie ever jammed with the other kings of the blues,enjoy

    By the duke on May 17, 2015

  29. how am i trying for the last word if u are typing after i did??
    i didnt say horrible things about bb king. i told only what was true. i talked about the shows he did at least from june thru early oct of last year. i didnt say anything that wasnt true or accurate. i love bb king to death. i saw him over 40x live. i own many many dozens of shows he did and i have all 59 albums he did. i took 1000s of pics of him on and off stage. he was an incredible man. i didnt say anything horrible about him. its true he should have stopped way before he did. so should chuck berry have. i stand by what i said. how can u judge what i said if u didnt see him on that final tour?

    albert and bb did jam together several times including the ebony showcase thing that was a cinemax session from april 15th 87. u know the one. it had chaka khan and billy ocean and stevie ray vaughan and paul butterfield and clapton and on and on. thats probably the item duke is referring to. it seems it is one of the 59 cds. i have a release date on the audio of 05. i dont know if that was the first time it came out tho. i made my audio from the original brdcst / vhs tape tho. its just under an hour long.
    albert did an entire album called king of kings with freddie.

    By darth on May 17, 2015

  30. Didn`t we all just know that Darth would find a way to shit all over this sad news.
    B.B.`s gone…God rest his soul.

    By dropkick sarge on May 17, 2015

  31. did u type anything after i did? arent u shitting over what i post here? no matter what it is.. arent u all over every single thing i say? why are u allowed to do that and im not? i checked the final show he ever did.. as i mentioned 10-3-14 and i looked for reviews of it. etc.. i thought of looking for recordings of it or even asking for it here. but when i found negative comments all over the internet about it i delved further. turned out that several dozen shows prior to that one were just as bad. all i did was post comments. stop shitting over everything i type. u wouldnt do this if someone else said it. get the fuck outta my face u asshole.

    By darth on May 17, 2015

  32. Out of respect to the memory of B.B., could we perhaps keep this comments section civil, and perhaps BigO, you could delete the comments that do not reflect the general feeling of loss.
    many thanks

    By Je Suis Darth on May 17, 2015

  33. Out of respect to the memory of B.B….


    By sluggo on May 18, 2015

  34. Out of respect to the memory of B.B…..

    i agree

    By barth on May 18, 2015

  35. Out of respect to the memory of B.B…..

    I agree, too.

    By YogaforCynics on May 18, 2015

  36. I agree on the last 3 above comments…

    with respect for the decease incredible bb king…

    let’s remember him & rejoice is legacy of the blues…

    i implore the moderators please delete the foul mouth obscenity laden posts above from darth/glen…

    he is serving no purpose period…!

    By Jerry's Finger on May 18, 2015

  37. u agree.. and the comment was to keep it civil but then u end your comment with a jab. hypocritical and ironic to the last.
    my comment above drops was fine. his comment in response to mine was uncalled for. odd.. or not really that odd actually.. that u didnt think that his comment should be removed. a little selective there arent ya’s. its ok to poke the animals how dare they fight back?!?! my posting isnt obscenity laden. only the final sentence is. look at it carefully. and if u find the word ’shit’ obscene then u admit u are being selective since u didnt suggest that drop’s comment be removed. funny how that works huh? this forum isnt for u to dictate whose comments should be here and whose shouldnt. if that were the case i would suggest that all harassment and abusive comments antagonizing me that have nothing to do with the music that are directly about me or my life be removed even if accurate or not. the mod wont do that. it is unfair for my comments to be removed if yours arent. now to repeat what i said to drop.. get the fuck out of my face asshole.

    By darth on May 18, 2015

  38. darth- please seek professional help for your disorder. thank u.

    “Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people aren’t focused exclusively on them. People with this disorder may be perceived as being shallow, and may engage in provocative behavior to draw attention to themselves.”

    By barth on May 18, 2015

  39. seek help glen…

    you are serving NO PURPOSE with your little tantrums…

    Moderators please remove darth’s foul mouthed comments…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 18, 2015

  40. if u dont like what i post here u have options. the comments section is open to me as much as yourself. if u can harass i can curse. if the mod wont stop u he certainly shouldnt stop me. that would be censorship. surely u wouldnt feel its just each time i feel that what u are posting should be taken down.. and i often do.. if it were. now would u?
    i didnt have a tantrum. again read my posting. only the final line contains any foul language. stop your harassment and youll receive no responses accordingly. u are serving no purpose with what u are doing to me. perhaps u should seek that help yourself.

    By darth on May 18, 2015

  41. none of darths new friends/enablers haven taken his side here. the trill is gone…

    By barth on May 19, 2015

  42. whoops… that should have been “thrill”, not trill… then again, maybe not.

    By barth on May 19, 2015

  43. the trilly troll gets his thrills here throwing tantrums.
    I’m darth the terrible troll.

    By darth the terrible troll on May 19, 2015

  44. Darth writes..43 studio albums and 16 live ones all together. i have a link that allows one to choose which they want to dl. i wont offer it here since bigo wont want that. but its a fantastic collection of 59 official albums. if anyone is interested and u post an email address ill send it to u.

    No way b.b.`s heirs get your money right darth? you scumbag. I would like to see this post and darth`s removed so no one can contact him and steal B.B.`s music.

    By dropkick sarge on May 21, 2015

  45. someone said he had $10mill at death.. i believe he had closer to $35mill at death. he had a lot of kids and grandkids. not that they deserve any of his wealth they didnt earn it. however.. i think they will do and have done just fine with the money he has made over the last 50 yrs and will continue to generate for years to come if they were provided for with his estate. i dont believe my buying or in this case not buying those recordings will affect them. the poorest of them lives better than i do. im not losing sleep. trust me on that. u also shouldnt talk since its not as if u have paid for 100% of every single recording u have dl’d. stop being so high and mighty. youre as much of a scumbag as u think i am. no one can contact me and if they wish me to contact them.. i would. i would like your posts that harass me removed but thats not happening is it? i understand that my link was removed. i understand why. i knew it lasted a couple of days. it could have been removed much sooner than it was. ppl had the chance to use it. i dont believe u didnt use it. u meaning anyone of u. i dont care who did tho or who didnt. the point in me posting it was for u to use. hello?!?!
    i didnt post the bb link u notice. i could have.

    By darth on May 21, 2015

  46. dropdick sarge on his mown personal masterbation yo how retarded can u possibly be? wud i fuk a parapelegic? yes i wud you summarize fuktard

    By tech65 on May 29, 2015

  47. u really eat d1rt pipe

    By tech65 on May 29, 2015

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