BB KING - SEATTLE 1971 [R.I.P. 1925-2015]

May 16, 2015 – 7:31 pm

BB KING R.I.P. 1925-2015

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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Seattle 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA; May 30, 1971. Very good FM broadcast.

“One of the things that enabled BB to have such a profound effect on generations of rock-blues guitarists, from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to the present day, was [his music’s] very accessibility - its emotional accessibility in the high-flying, single-string focus of his soloing, and its musical accessibility in the broad range of sources from which he drew,” blues historian Peter Guralnick said in a 2014 interview.

The guitar accounted for only part of Mr King’s popularity. “The World’s Greatest Blues Singer,” as he often was introduced, could shout and exhort the blues in a harsh, blustery baritone like a backwoods preacher, then caress the words with a soft falsetto plea in the same verse. He seamlessly wove his guitar phrases between his vocals almost as though the guitar and his voice were one instrument. He never played while he sang. Lucille always answered his voice but never accompanied it. “He holds the same place in blues as Louis Armstrong did in jazz. He is an ambassador for the music,” Guralnick said. -

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Thanks to the original uploader; taperpat; Dick Shurman (tape and transfer); and to peskypesky for keeping the show alive at Dime.

Original notes:

Here is an excellent sounding and complete FM broadcast of BB King at the Paramount Theatre courtesy of taperpat. The recording was done by his friend Dick who recorded this off of KISW-FM using a Sony R-2-R deck when it was originally broadcast sometime in 1972. This is [a] really hot performance by BB King and especially his backing band. The backing band’s rendition of Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) by Otis Redding almost steals the show before BBcan even get on stage.

peskypesky noted (May 15, 2015):

This one really hit me hard. I found out about BB’s passing at about 2 am last night… I only got around to seeing BB once, but it was at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, so that was cool. But now I’m kicking myself for not seeing him several more times.

Picture of BB King at Circle Star Theater by rdugoni, posted at Dime - Thanks!

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Track 01. From The Marr-ket Place 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 02. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 03. Hot Pants * 6:14 (10.5MB)
Track 04. Blue Monk/BB King Intro 1:09 (1.9MB)
Track 05. Everyday I Have The Blues 1:37 (2.7MB)
Track 06. How Blue Can You Get? 6:48 (11.4MB)
Track 07. Help The Poor 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 08. Whole Lotta Lovin’ 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 09. Rock Me Baby 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 10. Hummingbird 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 11. Sweet Sixteen/Lucille 13:39 (22.9MB)
Track 12. Band Introduction 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 13. The Thrill Is Gone 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 14. Just Like A Woman 4:03 (6.8MB)
63 mins

* Best guess on song title, could be a cover of the Gene Summers and The Platinum Fog’s Hot Pants which was released in February 1971. It is not the same Hot Pants as the one recorded by James Brown.

BB King - guitar, vocals
Sony Freeman And The Unusuals:
Joseph Burton - trombone
John Browning - trumpet
Sonny Freeman - drums
Wilbert Freeman - bass
Milton Hopkins - guitar
Louis Hubert - tenor saxophone
Ron Levy - piano
Earl Turbinton - alto saxophone

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  1. 11 Responses to “BB KING - SEATTLE 1971 [R.I.P. 1925-2015]”

  2. Thanks BigO for helping us celebrate BB King’s life and devotion to blues music. Really appreciate it!

    By je n'regret rien on May 16, 2015

  3. what`s everyones favourite B.B.King lp ?
    mine is The Electric B.B.King .

    By sluggo on May 16, 2015

  4. Live at the Regal Sluggo! Thanks for the BB King BigO!!!

    R.I.P Riley!!!

    By Joe on May 17, 2015


    By darth on May 17, 2015

  6. Indianola Mississippi Seeds Indianola Mississippi Seeds is one of three of B. B. Kings recordings listed in The Rough Guide to Blues 100 Essential CDs (along with Live at the Regal and Singin’ the Blues).[12] The album was named # 23 on a list of the best “Album Chartmakers by Year” for 1970 The album title is a tribute to King’s upbringing near Indianola, Mississippi, was my the first blues album

    By the duke on May 17, 2015

  7. @Sluggo:

    Live in Cook County Jail. Besides the music, I love the way the inmates boo when the warden is introduced.

    By kingpossum on May 17, 2015

  8. “Guess Who” 1972

    By Matchesmon on May 17, 2015

  9. check out la midnight,lots of great guitar feat joe walsh, Jesse Ed Davis taj mahal,Victor Feldman etc one of his a.b.c albums,some great slide from jessie,from the 70,s when every one was making great blues and rock albums rip mr king

    By bronze medal on May 18, 2015

  10. Thanks, BigO for all of the tribute material you have posted this week! B.B. was a true gentleman and a showman extrordinaire. There will never be another like him.

    By walter on May 18, 2015

  11. @Matchesmon:

    Oh man great call on “Guess Who”. It doesn’t come any better.

    By kingpossum on May 19, 2015

  12. Completely Well

    By Kyle Smith on May 20, 2015

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