A sad Friday with the loss of B.B. King. His contribution to music and his influence on generations of musicians is huge. In memoriam, please enjoy these two shows both recorded for FM radio in 1971 and 1978, respectively.
The first comes from KISW-FM in Seattle and features some exemplary playing from B.B., particularly on ‘How Blue Can You Get?’ There’s also some great dialogue during ‘Sweet Sixteen’ while he’s fixing a broken string and explains how the infamous Lucille got her name.
The second comes from WBCN in Boston and was recorded on closing night at Paul’s Mall, a now legendary club on Boylston Street run by impresario Fred Taylor (who stills runs Sculler’s Jazz Club in Allston). This was rebroadcast in 1993 by Carter Allen on WBCN and I recorded it off the radio on cassette. It was my introduction to King’s music and I played the tape for years. Thanks to my father, David Frawley, for taking me to see B.B. in concert later that year.
Both shows are zipped in the same file. Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!