B. B. King Quotes
B.B. King (born Riley B. King), was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.
He was born on a cotton plantation in Berclair, Mississippi. Attracted to music and the guitar in church, he started his career in juke joints and local radio.
King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.
B. B. King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. This trend continued until his death in 2015.
Lucille is the name B. B. King gave to his guitars. He got the name from a girl who two men were fighting over at one of his gigs. The men set the hall on fire with B. B.’s guitar inside. Once the guitar was rescued, he discovered the story and the girl’s name.
I always liked the steel guitar. I also love the guys that play the bottleneck. But I could never do it; I never made it do what I want. So every time I would pick up the guitar, I d shake my hand and trill it a bit. For some strange reason my ears would say to me that sounds similar to what those guys were doing. I can’t pick up the guitar now without doing it. So that’s how I got into making my sound. It was nothing pretty. Just trying to please myself. I heard that sound.
It seems like I always had to work harder than other people. Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales. I just wonder where I was when the talent was being given out, like George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton… oh, there’s many more! I wouldn’t want to be like them, you understand, but I’d like to be equal, if you will.
I don’t feel that no big stone should be put over my head, saying he did this, he did that. Unless there’s something that I really did do. I believe I’m just ordinary. And I’d like for people to think of me that way, as just a guy that tried. Wanted to be loved by other people because he loved people.