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Monday, October 19, 2009

The 'King' Of The Blues

I keep hearing B.B. King being referred to as The King Of The Blues.

Sorry folks. Yes, he is one of the greats, and he's a living legend. But most of his songs are somewhat mediocre. Oh yeah? Give me the names of three of his songs.

Yes, "The Thrill Is Gone" is always going to be on everyone's list, so now name me two others. I'm guessing you can't without firing up Google.

Other 'King' artists such as Albert King, Freddie King recorded songs every bit as good as B.B. Then there are artists such as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland, John Lee Hooker, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Howlin' Wolf to name few, who have recorded TONS of great songs. All with different and unique licks and sounds.

Then there are all the old - I mean REAL old oldies. Blind Lemon Jefferson, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, Etta James and Blind Blake.
These folks are some classics. Even though some of them only recorded a few songs, they are still legends. And I think a lot of the great blues performers get overlooked because of B.B.'s popularity.

Oh well. Not much point to the post other than if you like blues music, don't limit yourself to just the popular shit. As with any other music, dig into the archives a bit. You'll appreciate that you did.


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