Albert King wasn’t my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in Blues!
B. B. King
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I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier.
Blues purists never cared for me. I don’t worry about it. I think if it this way: When I made Three O’ Clock Blues’, they were not there. The people out there made the tune. And blues purists just wrote about it. The people is who I’m trying to satisfy.
If my fans want to do something for me when that time comes, I say, don’t waste your money on me. Help the homeless. Help the needy… people who don’t have no food… Instead of some big funeral, where they come from here and there and all over. Save it.
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The first time I ever had to go overseas for music was to play the Royal Festival Hall in London, singing in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and that week was insane: Thursday I rehearse with the orchestra; Friday I sing two songs in front of 2,500 people, which I have never done before; and the next day I go to Abbey Road to record with Herbie Hancock; and then I am playing a pub in south London somewhere, and nobody cares because London have lost some sporting match; and then I go home and Im standing in front of my washing machine, putting my unmentionables into the dryer, and in that instant, I just looked at myself and said This life is going to be strange.
Just to keep it interesting I’ll tune the guitar randomly, so I don’t know what’s going to come out.
Any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.
Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no jazz. I’ve seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Africa.