BB respect talked about here

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  1. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

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    I once shook BB's hand, it was right after his show.
    That was around '75. 40 years ago. Still haven't washed the hand. lol

    He showed me and everyone. the importance of economy and the way his
    lines seem to always embrace the root, it's BB's sting tone.

    sure glad he was born.

    I wish him the best recovery
    with this latest health problem that happened today

    I respect the guy so much. Much love
     
  2. ZeyerGTR

    ZeyerGTR Supporting Member

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    He's my all-time favorite - amazing voice, great tone and phrasing on guitar, I love his very distinct career phases... just iconic and a true legend. I still have a huge framed poster of him in the studio and he kind of oversees everything I do, even though I'm not playing a lot of straight blues these days. Here's to a speedy recovery BB!



     
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  3. Sam Sherry

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    Mr. King never stopped learning and moving forward in his playing. The changes were slow but the progress was steady . . . a deep lesson for this poster!
     
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    He is an American legend.
    An Icon. The King. The Man.
    I hope he is around playing Blues guitar and singing his blues for a long, long time.

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    When I was a kid and just getting into music in the mid/early 90s I was big into GNR, Aerosmith, Stones, Beatles, etc, and the Grunge stuff that was big at the time. BB King was playing a festival and my Mom says "oh... he is a guitar player and you want to be one. Let's go." It was one of the biggest musical inspiration moments of my life. Completely different than anything else I listened to. It was blues, but the vibe was completely the opposite of being "blue".
     
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    In 1979 I had a bad job, at Harrah's Casino, in So. Lake Tahoe, on the California/Nevada border. I was stationed outside the showroom where BB played 4 or 5 sets a night. That was one of the most amazing education's I ever got. Too bad it only lasted about 10 nights.
     
  7. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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    He's probably the most important/influential musician in my life, both as a player (for what that's worth!) and as a listener. There are others that are close, but I'd say probably him.
     
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    It's not well known but he also writes up all the charts for the band, horn charts especially are not easy, you need to write in 3 different keys for Bb, Eb and concert pitch instruments and be able to hear in your head what they will sound like.

    The man is a true talent and very humble. I've had the pleasure of seeing him live 4 times, mesmerized every time,.
     
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    I used to go to those shows, and the ones at the Reno Harrah's. I was working at Bizarre Guitar and his bassist used to come in and would get me comps to the shows.

    BB was amazing! His voice was so powerful back then.
     
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    My favorite BB live story...

    In NJ at the State Theatre several years ago. BB was sitting on his chair singing Thrill Is Gone, pulled the guitar around and after 2-3 notes his Lab Series amp died, no sound. BB grabbed the mic and sang another verse while the roadies connected up another amp. The next time through he played the solo. He never looked back to see if they were done, didn't get flustered, true pro.
     
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    Meen-e-ah-po-lis, Meen-ah-soh tah!
    Good news--he's feeling better, out of the hospital, and resting at home.
    Here's the CNN article. Glad he's feeling better.
     
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    BB King is a true gentleman and one of the greatest guitarists ever.

    Think how many have been influenced by either him directly or artists who listened to him!
     
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    BB King was the first musician I remember my dad essentially saying was bad ass. I must of been like 8 years old (1972). I can still remember asking my dad about him and him immediately affirming that BB was great and that EVERYONE knew that BB was great. Considering my age, that's been a long run of greatness on his part.
     
  14. Dana Olsen

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    I saw him in '92 or so. I figured he was getting on in years, and that his great guitar playing days were likely behind him, so my expectations were not high. I was blown completely away. His guitar playing, and singing, were 'freakin AWESOME. BB has always said he couldn't play rhythm guitar - what a crock, really.

    The organist took a solo, and BB kicked the entire band off the stage but himself, the organist, and drummer. I swear, the next two or three minutes were a Master's Clinic on rhythm guitar playing. I had been a full time pro for over 10 years by then, and had toured many of those years on the West Coast blues circuit with good blues bands.

    I learned so many new, hip things in that 3 minutes - chord shapes, ways to 'pimp the groove', two note harmonies - he was totally all over it. My somewhat jaded eyes and ears opened right up, and that cat took me for an amazing ride, made all the better because I wasn't expecting it. I'm not being charitable or saying this in deference to his age and stature in the music world: that night, he was GOING FOR IT, and he was 'nailin it!

    I have seldom been so impressed with a player. The moral of the story is, 'MOS 'DEF DON'T count BB out just yet. He's old, and he's tired, but he's a baaaad man and a musician still capable of inspiring us all.

    And of course, he already has. Best wishes to a legend who's earned his place.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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    I have talked with B.B. a number of times and love the man. What else can be said?
     
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    There's really no way to say enough. I grew up listening to him, and I've seen him a few times because my parents were great about exposing us to music. I'm not much into blues anymore, but he transcends genres and I will always love him.
     
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    I first saw BB when I was about 17 or 18, he was backing up Ten Years After, and that's who I came to see. I had no idea who BB was . He could have been the sax player for all I knew. The band came out first all in tuxes, and this was the Aragon Ballroom or someplace like that, and played a little warm up . "Which one is BB ?" I asked by buddiy. He didn't know either. But then he came out. And the first note he played was like a blinding light that about knocked me over. More was communicated in that note than I had ever heard before. I was born again as a blues fan. Got to see him several more times as well as Muddy and Hound Dog and many more. Life changing experience . I wish him the best.
     
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    On the Live at Montreux 1993 bluray he breaks a string mid song. He continues to sing the song while he restrings. True pro.

    I've never had the opportunity to seem him play which is a personal disappointment but his music will remain with me for the rest of my life.
     
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    I named my son, Riley, after him. One of several times I saw him was at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, in the early '90s maybe. He was with Albert King and Bobby Blue Bland. I don't know if he was just feeling it that night, or that the audience was 70% African-American, or he was head cutting with Albert. But he just played his ass off that night, taking extended solos, chorus after chorus. Even his band were looking at each other, like WTF got into him? Unlike the other shows I've seen he told very few stories. Just a great lesson in guitar playing.
     
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    An icon, a classy performer, a loving soul, and the father of lead guitar playing as far as I am concerned. I never heard anyone who could knock you out with one note like B.B. King could. I wish him all the best. The world needs more people like B.B King.
     

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