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B.B. King

Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century. His bent notes and staccato picking style influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provided a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was one of the few full-fledged blues artists to score a major pop hit when his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone" crossed over to mainstream success (engendering memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand). After his hit-making days, he partnered with such musicians as Eric Clapton and U2 and managed his own acclaimed solo career, all the while maintaining his immediately recognizable style on the electric guitar.

The seeds of Riley B. King's enduring talent were sown deep in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, where he was born in 1925 near the town of Itta Bena. He was shuttled between his mother's home and his grandmother's residence as a child, his father having left the family when King was very young. The youth put in long days working as a sharecropper and devoutly sang the Lord's praises at church before moving to Indianola -- another town located in the heart of the Delta -- in 1943.

Country and gospel music left an indelible impression on King's musical mindset as he matured, along with the styles of blues greats (T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson) and jazz geniuses (Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt). In 1946, he set off for Memphis to look up his cousin, a rough-edged country blues guitarist named Bukka White. For ten invaluable months, White taught his eager young relative the finer points of playing blues guitar. After returning briefly to Indianola and the sharecropper's eternal struggle with his wife Martha, King returned to Memphis in late 1948. This time, he stuck around for a while.

King was soon broadcasting his music live via Memphis radio station WDIA, a frequency that had only recently switched to a pioneering all-black format. Local club owners preferred that their attractions also held down radio gigs so they could plug their nightly appearances on the air. When WDIA DJ Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert exited his air shift, King took over his record-spinning duties. At first tagged "The Peptikon Boy" (an alcohol-loaded elixir that rivaled Hadacol) when WDIA put him on the air, King's on-air handle became "The Beale Street Blues Boy," later shortened to Blues Boy and then a far snappier B.B.

King had a four-star breakthrough year in 1949. He cut his first four tracks for Jim Bulleit's Bullet Records (including a number entitled "Miss Martha King" after his wife), then signed a contract with the Bihari Brothers' Los Angeles-based RPM Records. King cut a plethora of sides in Memphis over the next couple of years for RPM, many of them produced by a relative newcomer named Sam Phillips (whose Sun Records was still a distant dream at that point in time). Phillips was independently producing sides for both the Biharis and Chess; his stable also included Howlin' Wolf, Rosco Gordon, and fellow WDIA personality Rufus Thomas.

The Biharis also recorded some of King's early output themselves, erecting portable recording equipment wherever they could locate a suitable facility. King's first national R&B chart-topper in 1951, "Three O'Clock Blues" (previously waxed by Lowell Fulson), was cut at a Memphis YMCA. King's Memphis running partners included vocalist Bobby Bland, drummer Earl Forest, and ballad-singing pianist Johnny Ace. When King hit the road to promote "Three O'Clock Blues," he handed the group, known as the Beale Streeters, over to Ace.

It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar "Lucille." Seems that while he was playing a joint in a little Arkansas town called Twist, fisticuffs broke out between two jealous suitors over a lady. The brawlers knocked over a kerosene-filled garbage pail that was heating the place, setting the room ablaze. In the frantic scramble to escape the flames, King left his guitar inside. He foolishly ran back in to retrieve it, dodging the flames and almost losing his life. When the smoke had cleared, King learned that the lady who had inspired such violent passion was named Lucille. Plenty of Lucilles have passed through his hands since; Gibson has even marketed a B.B.-approved guitar model under the name.

The 1950s saw King establish himself as a perennially formidable hitmaking force in the R&B field. Recording mostly in L.A. (the WDIA air shift became impossible to maintain by 1953 due to King's endless touring) for RPM and its successor Kent, King scored 20 chart items during that musically tumultuous decade, including such memorable efforts as "You Know I Love You" (1952); "Woke Up This Morning" and "Please Love Me" (1953); "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta' Love," and "You Upset Me Baby" (1954); "Every Day I Have the Blues" (another Fulson remake), the dreamy blues ballad "Sneakin' Around," and "Ten Long Years" (1955); "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," and a Platters-like "On My Word of Honor" (1956); and "Please Accept My Love" (first cut by Jimmy Wilson) in 1958. King's guitar attack grew more aggressive and pointed as the decade progressed, influencing a legion of up-and-coming axemen across the nation.

In 1960, King's impassioned two-sided revival of Joe Turner's "Sweet Sixteen" became another mammoth seller, and his "Got a Right to Love My Baby" and "Partin' Time" weren't far behind. But Kent couldn't hang onto a star like King forever (and he may have been tired of watching his new LPs consigned directly into the 99-cent bins on the Biharis' cheapo Crown logo). King moved over to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962, following the lead of Lloyd Price, Ray Charles, and before long, Fats Domino.

In November of 1964, the guitarist cut his seminal Live at the Regal album at the fabled Chicago theater and excitement virtually leaped out of the grooves. That same year, he enjoyed a minor hit with "How Blue Can You Get," one of his many signature tunes. "Don't Answer the Door" in 1966 and "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" two years later were Top Ten R&B entries, and the socially charged and funk-tinged "Why I Sing the Blues" just missed achieving the same status in 1969.

Across-the-board stardom finally arrived in 1969 for the deserving guitarist, when he crashed the mainstream consciousness in a big way with a stately, violin-drenched minor-key treatment of Roy Hawkins' "The Thrill Is Gone" that was quite a departure from the concise horn-powered backing King had customarily employed. At last, pop audiences were convinced that they should get to know King better: not only was the track a number-three R&B smash, it vaulted to the upper reaches of the pop lists as well.

King was one of a precious few bluesmen to score hits consistently during the 1970s, and for good reason: he wasn't afraid to experiment with the idiom. In 1973, he ventured to Philadelphia to record a pair of huge sellers, "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love," with the same silky rhythm section that powered the hits of the Spinners and the O'Jays. In 1976, he teamed up with his old cohort Bland to wax some well-received duets. And in 1978, he joined forces with the jazzy Crusaders to make the gloriously funky "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and an inspiring "When It All Comes Down." Occasionally, the daring deviations veered off-course; Love Me Tender, an album that attempted to harness the Nashville country sound, was an artistic disaster.

Although his concerts were consistently as satisfying as anyone in the field (King asserted himself as a road warrior of remarkable resiliency who gigged an average of 300 nights a year), King tempered his studio activities somewhat. Nevertheless, his 1993 MCA disc Blues Summit was a return to form, as King duetted with his peers (John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Fulson, Koko Taylor) on a program of standards. Other notable releases from that period include 1999's Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan and 2000's Riding with the King, a collaboration with Eric Clapton. King celebrated his 80th birthday in 2005 with the star-studded album 80, which featured guest spots from such varied artists as Gloria Estefan, John Mayer, and Van Morrison. Live was issued in 2008; that same year, King released an engaging return to pure blues, One Kind Favor, which eschewed the slick sounds of his 21st century work for a stripped-back approach. A long overdue career-spanning box set of King's over 60 years of touring, recording, and performing, Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King, appeared in 2012. Late in 2014, King was forced to cancel several shows due to exhaustion; he was later hospitalized twice and entered hospice care in the spring. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 14, 2015. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 50 B.B. King

1. Everyday I Have The Blues

2. Three O'Clock Blues

3. Sweet Sixteen (Part 1 & 2)

4. Sweet Little Angel

5. Bad Luck Soul

6. Your Letter

7. Peace Of Mind

8. You Know I Go For You

9. Why Do Everything Happen To Me

10. Days Of Old

12. Worry, Worry, Worry

13. I Am

14. Come By Here

15. A Lonely Lover's Plea

16. The Woman I Love

17. Time To Say Goodbye

18. Sugar Mama

19. Mean Old Frisco

20. I've Got A Right To Love My Baby

21. Blind Love

22. Did You Ever Love A Woman

23. Partin' Time

24. Good Man Gone Bad

25. Crying Won't Help You

26. Please Accept My Love

27. Please Love Me

29. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

30. You Upset Me Baby

31. The Fool

32. Fishin' After Me

33. Get Out Of Here

34. Hold That Train

35. Understand

36. Someday

37. You're Breaking My Heart

38. Bad Case Of Love

39. My Sometime Baby

40. Lonely

42. Hully Gully Twist

44. Mashed Potato Twist

45. Mashing The Popeye

46. Tell Me Baby

47. Going Down Slow

48. Blues For Me

49. Things Are Not The Same

50. You've Been An Angel

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Track List: B.B. King The Album Vol. 1

1. Everyday I Have The Blues

2. It's My Own Fault Baby

5. Long Nights

6. Mr. Pawnbroker

7. Walkin' And Cryin'

8. I'm Willing To Run All The Way

9. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)

10. Guess Who (Live)

11. Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss

12. The Letter (Live)

13. Sweet Sixteen (Live)

14. How Blue Can You Get (Live)

15. Please Love Me

17. Recession Blues

18. Don't Keep Me Waiting

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Track List: The Blues King's Best

1. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)

2. Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss (Live)

3. Every Day I Have The Blues

4. How Blue Can You Get?

5. Please Love Me

6. Guess Who (Live)

8. Save A Seat For Me

9. I Am Willing To Run All The Way

12. That Evil Child

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Track List: Talent Condensed: 30 Original Songs

1. In The Midnight Hour

2. Every Day I Have The Blues

3. Long Nights

5. All Over Again

6. Why I Sing The Blues

7. Guess Who

8. Sweet Sixteen

9. So Excited

10. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

12. Other Night Blues

13. The Letter

14. Please Love Me

15. Summer In The City

17. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

18. How Blue Can You Get?

19. King's Shuffle

20. I Got Some Outside Help (I Don't Really Need)

21. That Evil Child

22. Mr. Pawnbroker

23. B.B. Boogie

24. Stormy Monday Blues

25. Sweet Little Angel

26. Walkin' And Cryin

27. The Thrill Is Gone

28. Help The Poor

29. Catfish Blues

30. Ain't Nobody's Business

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Track List: Ladies And Gentlemen… Mr. B.B. King

Disc 1

1. B.B. Boogie

2. She's Dynamite

3. Three O'Clock Blues

4. Woke Up This Morning

5. Blind Love

6. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

7. You Upset Me Baby

8. Ten Long Years

9. Bad Luck

10. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles

11. Early In The Morning

12. Everyday I Have The Blues

13. (I've) Got A Right To Love My Baby

14. It's My Own Fault

15. Walking Dr. Bill

16. Rock Me Baby

17. You Ask Me

18. Blues At Midnight

19. Sneakin' Around

20. How Blue Can You Get?

21. I Wonder Why

22. Please Accept My Love

23. Help The Poor

24. Never Trust A Woman

Disc 2

1. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live At The Regal 11/21/1964)

2. Sweet Little Angel (Live At The Regal 11/21/1964)

3. Please Love Me (Live At The Regal 11/21/1964)

4. All Over Again

5. Tired Of Your Jive

6. Cherry Red

7. Don't Answer The Door

8. Night Life

9. Gambler's Blues (Live At The International Club)

10. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2 (Live At The International Club)

11. Worried Dream

12. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

13. Watch Yourself

14. Lucille

15. Why I Sing The Blues

16. Confessin' The Blues

17. The Thrill Is Gone

Disc 3

1. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

2. Chains And Things

3. Hummingbird

4. Worry, Worry (Live In Cook County Jail)

5. Ghetto Woman

6. Ain't Nobody Home

7. Guess Who

8. I Like To Live The Love

9. Let The Good Times Roll (Live At Coconut Grove, Los Angeles 1976)

10. Mother Fuyer

11. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)

12. Better Not Look Down

13. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

14. Nightlife / Please Send Me Someone To Love

15. Make Love To Me

Disc 4

1. Into The Night

2. When Love Comes To Town

3. Take Off Your Shoes

4. I'm Moving On

5. There Is Always One More Time

6. Monday Morning Blues (Blues For Mr. G.)

7. Playin' With My Friends (Feat. Robert Cray)

8. Confessin' The Blues (Feat. Marty Stuart)

9. Blues Man

10. I'll Survive

11. Caldonia

12. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

13. Monday Woman

14. Ten Long Years

15. Early In The Morning

16. Key To The Highway (B.B. King’s Blues Clubs)

17. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Disc 5

1. Lucille Talks Back

2. Breaking Up Somebody's Home

3. Reconsider Baby

4. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes

5. When I'm Wrong

6. I Know The Price

7. Have Faith

8. Everybody Lies A Little

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Track List: King Of The Blues (2012)

Disc 1

1. Caldonia

2. The Thrill Is Gone

3. Sweet Sixteen

4. The Letter

5. Sweet Little Angel

6. Guess Who

7. Everyday I Have The Blues

8. Darling You Know I Love You

9. How Blue Can You Get

10. Outside Help

Disc 2

1. That Evil Child

2. You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

3. Catfish Blues

4. It's My Own Fault

5. B.B. Boogie

6. All Over Again

7. Please Love Me

8. Mr. Pawnbroker

9. A New Way Of Driving

10. Long Nights

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Track List: The Life Of Riley (Original Soundtrack)

1. Walking Dr. Bill (Live)

2. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

3. To Know You Is To Love You

4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

5. Three O'Clock Blues

6. Sweet Little Angel

7. Catfish Blues

8. Everyday I Have The Blues (Live)

9. How Blue Can You Get? (Live)

10. Chains And Things

11. The Thrill Is Gone

12. Caldonia

13. Sweet Sixteen (Live)

14. Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing) (Feat. The Crusaders)

15. When Love Comes To Town (Feat. U2)

16. Riding With The King (Feat. Eric Clapton)

17. Messy But Good

18. Precious Lord

19. Think It Over

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Track List: Live / Fillmore East - New York, NY June 19, 1971

1. Band Instrumental (Live Fillmore East Instrumental)

2. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live Fillmore East)

3. How Blue Can You Get (Live Fillmore East)

4. Instrumental (Live Fillmore East Instrumental #2)

5. Whole Lotta Love (Live Fillmore East)

6. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (Live Fillmore East)

7. Hummingbird (Live Fillmore East)

8. Help The Poor (Live Fillmore East Instrumental)

9. Band Introductions (Live Fillmore East)

10. Sweet Sixteen (Live Fillmore East)

11. Instrumental (Live Fillmore East Instrumental #3)

12. The Thrill Is Gone (Live Fillmore East)

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Track List: One Kind Favor

1. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

2. I Get So Weary

3. Get These Blues Off Me

4. How Many More Years

5. Waiting For Your Call

6. My Love Is Down

7. The World Is Gone Wrong

8. Blues Before Sunrise

9. Midnight Blues

10. Backwater Blues

11. Sitting On Top Of The World

12. Tomorrow Night

13. My Baby Is Now

14. Just To Be With You

15. Haunted House

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Track List: Complete Collection

Disc 1

1. How Blue Can You Get?

3. All Over Again

4. Don't Answer The Door

6. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

7. Why I Sing The Blues

8. The Thrill Is Gone

9. Hummingbird

10. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

11. To Know You Is To Love You

13. Never Make A Move Too Soon

15. I'll Survive

Disc 2

1. Help The Poor

2. Sweet Little Angel (Live At The Regal Theater)

3. Please Love Me (Live At The Regal Theater)

4. Gambler's Blues (Live)

5. Lucille

6. Please Accept My Love (Live)

7. So Excited

8. Chains And Things

9. I Got Some Help I Don't Need (Single Edit)

10. Ghetto Woman

11. Ain't Nobody Home

12. Guess Who

13. I Like To Live The Love

14. Better Not Look Down

15. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

Disc 3

1. Sneakin' Around

2. I'm Gonna Sit In 'Til You Give In

3. Blues At Midnight

4. Never Trust A Woman

5. Night Life (Live)

6. Tired Of Your Jive (Live)

7. Watch Yourself

8. You Put It On Me

9. Confessin' The Blues

10. Worry, Worry, Worry (Live)

11. Don't You Lie To Me

12. Eyesight To The Blind (Live)

13. Caldonia (Live)

14. Playin' With My Friends

15. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)

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Track List: Sweet Little Angel

1. I Want To Get Married

2. Sweet Little Angel

3. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles

4. I Need You So Bad

5. I Wonder

6. Be Careful With A Fool

7. (I'm Gonna) Quit My Baby

8. On My Word Of Honor

9. I'm Cracking Up Over You

10. Shut Your Mouth

11. Did You Ever Love A Woman

12. Blind Love

13. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

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Track List: Playlist Plus (B.B. King)

Disc 1

1. Sneakin' Around

2. How Blue Can You Get?

3. Help The Poor

4. Never Trust A Woman

5. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live)

6. Sweet Little Angel (Live)

7. Please Love Me (Live)

8. All Over Again

9. Don't Answer The Door

10. Gambler's Blues (Live)

13. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

14. Lucille

Disc 2

1. Watch Yourself

2. Why I Sing The Blues

3. So Excited

4. The Thrill Is Gone

5. Hummingbird

6. Chains And Things

7. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

8. Ghetto Woman

9. Ain't Nobody Home

10. I Got Some Help I Don't Need (Single Edit)

Disc 3

1. Guess Who

3. To Know You Is To Love You

5. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)

6. Never Make A Move Too Soon

7. Better Not Look Down

8. Caldonia (Live)

9. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

11. I'll Survive

12. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

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Track List: Live (Oct06)

1. Mr. King Comes On Stage (B.B. King's Band) (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

2. Why I Sing The Blues (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

3. I Need You So (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

4. Bad Case Of Love (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

5. Bluesman (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

6. When Love Comes To Town (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

7. All Over Again (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

8. You Are My Sunshine (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

9. Rock Me Baby (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

10. Key To The Highway (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

11. The Thrill Is Gone (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

12. When The Saints Go Marching In (Live Oct. 26-27 2006))

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Track List: Live

1. Manhattan Blues (Live B.B. King Blues Club)

2. Two I Shoot Blues (Live B.B. King Blues Club)

3. Mr. King Comes On Stage (Live At B.B. King Blues Club)

4. Why I Sing The Blues (Live At B.B. King Blues Club)

5. I Need You So (Live At B.B. King Blues Club)

6. Bad Case Of Love (Live At B.B. King Blues Club)

7. Blues Man (Live In Tennessee 2006)

8. When Love Comes To Town (Live In Tennessee 2006)

9. All Over Again (Live In Tennessee 2006)

10. Ain't That Just Like A Woman (Live B.B. King Blues Club)

11. A Whole Lot Of Loving (Live B.B. King Blues Club)

12. Don't Answer The Door (Live B.B. King Blues Club)

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Track List: Live At The BBC (BBC Version)

1. Caldonia (Live At The BBC The Hammersmith Odeon 1978)

2. I Like To Live The Love (Live At The BBC The Hammersmith Odeon 1978)

3. Night Life (Live At The BBC The Hammersmith Odeon 1978)

4. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) (Live At The BBC The Hammersmith Odeon 1978)

5. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At The BBC The Hammersmith Odeon 1978)

6. I Gotta Move Out Of This Neighbourhood (Live At The BBC Glasgow 1991)

7. When Love Comes To Town (Live At The BBC Glasgow 1991)

8. Let The Good Times Roll (Live At The BBC Fairfield Hall 1998)

9. Stormy Monday Blues (Live At The BBC Fairfield Hall 1998)

10. Ain't Nobody Home (Live At The BBC Fairfield Hall 1998)

11. Five Long Years (Live At The BBC Fairfield Hall 1998)

12. How Blue Can You Get? (Live At The BBC Fairfield Hall 1998)

13. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (Live At The BBC 1989)

14. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At The BBC 1989)

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Track List: The Fabulous B.B. King

1. Three O'Clock Blues

2. You Know I Love You

3. Please Love Me

4. You Upset Me Baby

5. Bad Luck

6. On My Word Of Honor

7. Everyday (I Have The Blues)

8. Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)

9. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

10. Sweet Little Angel

11. Ten Long Years

12. Whole Lotta Love

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Track List: Mr. Blues

1. Young Dreamers

2. By Myself

3. Chains Of Love

4. A Mother's Love (Original Album Version)

5. Blues At Midnight (Single Version)

6. Sneakin' Around (Single Version)

7. On My Word Of Honor (Original Album Version)

8. Tomorrow Night (Original Album Version)

9. My Baby's Comin' Home (Single Version)

10. Guess Who? (Original Album Version)

11. You Ask Me

12. I'm Gonna Sit In 'Til You Give In (Single Version)

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Track List: 80

1. Early In The Morning (feat. Van Morrison)

2. Tired Of Your Jive (feat. Billy F. Gibbons)

3. The Thrill Is Gone (feat. Eric Clapton)

4. Need Your Love So Bad (feat. Sheryl Crow)

5. Ain't Nobody Home (feat. Daryl Hall)

6. Hummingbird (feat. John Mayer)

7. All Over Again (feat. Mark Knopfler)

8. Drivin' Wheel (feat. Glenn Frey)

9. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (feat. Gloria Estefan)

10. Never Make Your Move Too Soon (feat. Roger Daltrey)

11. Funny How Time Slips Away (feat. Bobby Bland)

12. Rock This House (feat. Elton John)

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Track List: Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums

Disc 1

1. Every Day I Have The Blues

2. Sweet Little Angel

3. It's My Own Fault

4. How Blue Can You Get?

5. Please Love Me

7. Worry, Worry

8. Woke Up This Mornin'

9. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

Disc 2

1. Introduction

2. Waitin' On You

3. Introduction

4. Gamblers' Blues (Live)

5. Tired of Your Jive

8. Don't Answer The Door

9. Blind Love

10. I Know What You're Puttin' Down

12. Gonna Keep On Loving You

Disc 3

1. Introductions

2. Every Day I Have the Blues

3. How Blue Can You Get?

4. Worry, Worry

6. Sweet Sixteen

7. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)

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Track List: B.B. King: The Ultimate Collection

1. Three O'Clock Blues

2. Please Love Me

3. You Upset Me Baby

4. Sweet Sixteen, Parts One & Two

5. Rock Me Baby

6. How Blue Can You Get?

7. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live)

8. Sweet Little Angel (Live)

9. Don't Answer The Door

10. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

11. The Thrill Is Gone

12. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

13. Chains And Things

14. Ain't Nobody Home

15. I Like To Live The Love

16. Never Make A Move Too Soon

17. Better Not Look Down

18. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

19. When Love Comes To Town

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Track List: The Blues Anthology

Disc 1

1. Got The Blues

2. Mistreated Woman

3. B.B. Boogie

4. The Other Night Blues

5. Walkin' And Cryin'

6. A New Way Of Driving

7. Please Love Me

9. Every Day I Have The Blues

10. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

11. Mr. Pawnbroker

12. My Own Fault, Darling

13. Catfish Blues (Aka Fishin' After Me)

14. Long Nights (The Feeling They Call The Blues)

15. That Evil Child

17. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)

18. Guess Who? (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: B.B. King

1. Three O'Clock Blues

2. Everyday I Have The Blues

3. Sneakin' Around

4. How Blue Can You Get?

5. Don't Answer The Door

6. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

7. The Thrill Is Gone

8. Ain't Nobody Home

9. Don't You Lie To Me

10. Inflation Blues

11. Playin' With My Friends

12. I'll Survive

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Track List: Reflections

1. Exactly Like You

2. On My Word Of Honor

3. I Want A Little Girl

4. I'll String Along With You

5. I Need You

6. A Mother's Love

7. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

8. Neighborhood Affair

9. Tomorrow Night

10. There I've Said It Again

11. Always On My Mind

12. Cross My Heart

13. What A Wonderful World

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Track List: Classic Masters: B.B. King

1. Three O'Clock Blues (Remastered)

2. You Know I Love You

3. Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)

4. Please Hurry Home

5. Please Love Me

6. You Upset Me Baby

7. Everyday I Have The Blues

8. Bad Luck

9. Sweet Little Angel

10. On My Word Of Honor

11. Sweet Sixteen, Pt. 1 & 2

12. Peace Of Mind

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Track List: King Of The Blues

1. Thrill Is Gone

2. Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss (Live)

3. Everyday I Have The Blues

4. How Blue Can You Get

5. Please Love Me

6. Guess Who

7. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

8. Save A Seat For Me

9. I Am Willing To Run All The Way

10. Long Nights

12. That Evil Child

13. Sweet Sixteen

14. B.B. Boogie

15. Other Night Blues

16. It's My Own Fault Baby

17. Catfish Blues

18. Sweet Chariot

19. Outside Help

20. Walkin' And Cryin

21. Mr. Pawnbroker

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Track List: Makin' Love Is Good For You

1. I Got To Leave This Woman

2. Since I Fell For You

3. I Know

4. Peace Of Mind

5. Monday Woman

6. Ain't Nobody Like My Baby

7. Makin' Love Is Good For You

8. Don't Go No Farther

9. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

10. What You Bet

11. You're On Top

12. Too Good To You Baby

13. I'm In The Wrong Business

14. She's My Baby

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of BB King

1. The Thrill Is Gone

2. Ain't Nobody Home

3. Let The Good Times Roll

4. Guess Who

5. I Like To Live The Love

6. Don't Answer The Door

7. Sweet Sixteen

8. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

9. I Got Some Help I Don't Need

10. Into The Night

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Track List: The B.B. King Collection (Live)

1. B.B. Boogie

2. It's My Own Fault

3. You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

4. Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss (Live)

5. The Letter (Live)

6. Everyday I Have The Blues

7. Sweet Sixteen (Live)

8. The Thrill Is Gone (live)

9. Guess Who (live)

10. Please Love Me

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Track List: Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan

1. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

2. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)

3. Beware, Brother, Beware

4. Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door

5. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

7. Buzz Me

8. Early In The Mornin' (1999 Version)

9. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (1999 Album Version)

10. Jack, You're Dead!

11. Knock Me A Kiss

12. Let The Good Times Roll

13. Caldonia

14. It's A Great, Great Pleasure

15. Rusty Dusty Blues (Mama Mama Blues)

16. Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night

17. Saturday Night Fish Fry

18. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

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Track List: Blues On The Bayou

1. Blues Boys Tune

2. Bad Case Of Love

3. I'll Survive

4. Mean Ole' World

5. Blues Man

6. Broken Promise

7. Darlin' What Happened

8. Shake It Up And Go

9. Blues We Like

10. Good Man Gone Bad

11. If I Lost You

12. Tell Me Baby

13. I Got Some Outside Help I Don't Need

14. Blues In G

15. If That Ain't It I Quit

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Track List: Greatest Hits

3. How Blue Can You Get?

4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

5. Don't Answer The Door

6. Why I Sing The Blues

7. The Thrill Is Gone

8. I Like To Live The Love

9. Hummingbird

10. To Know You Is To Love You

11. Chains And Things

12. Better Not Look Down

13. Never Make A Move Too Soon

14. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

15. Playin' With My Friends (Feat. Robert Cray)

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Track List: His Best: The Electric B.B. King (Expanded Edition)

1. Tired Of Your Jive

2. Don't Answer The Door

4. All Over Again

5. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

6. Think It Over

7. I Done Got Wise

8. Meet My Happiness

10. You Put It On Me

11. I Don't Want You Cuttin' Off Your Hair

12. Waitin' On You

13. Messy But Good

14. Night Life

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Track List: Deuces Wild

1. If You Love Me (Feat. Van Morrison)

2. The Thrill Is Gone (Feat. Tracy Chapman)

3. Rock Me Baby (Feat. Eric Clapton)

4. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Feat. Mick Hucknall)

5. Baby I Love You (Feat. Bonnie Raitt)

6. Ain't Nobody Home (Feat. D'angelo)

7. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (Feat. Dr. John)

8. Confessin' The Blues (Feat. Marty Stuart)

9. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (Feat. The Rolling Stones)

10. Dangerous Mood (Feat. Joe Cocker)

11. Keep It Coming (Feat. Heavy D)

13. Night Life (Feat. Willie Nelson)

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Track List: My Sweet Angel

1. Sweet Little Angel

2. Crying Won't Help You

3. Ten Long Years

4. Quit My Baby

5. Don't Look Now, But I've Got The Blues

6. You Know I Go For You

7. Why Does Everything Happen To Me

8. Worry, Worry

9. Shake Yours

10. Please Accept My Love

11. Treat Me Right

12. Goin' Down Slow

13. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

14. Time To Say Goodbye

15. Early Every Morning

16. You've Been An Angel

17. Growing Old

18. In The Middle Of An Island

19. String Bean

20. Recession Blues

21. You Shouldn't Have Left

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Track List: In London

1. Caldonia

2. Blue Shadows

3. Alexis' Boogie

4. We Can't Agree

5. Ghetto Woman

6. Wet Hayshark

7. Part Time Love

8. Power Of The Blues

9. Ain't Nobody Home

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Track List: Spotlight On Lucille

1. Slidin' And Glidin'

2. Blues With B.B.

3. King Of Guitar

4. Jump With B.B.

5. 38th Street Blues

6. Feedin' The Rock

7. Just Like A Woman

8. Step It Up

9. Calypso Jazz

10. Easy Listening Blues

11. Shoutin' The Blues

12. Powerhouse

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Track List: Why I Sing The Blues

1. The Thrill Is Gone

2. Ghetto Woman

3. Why I Sing The Blues

4. Ain't Nobody Home (Extended Single Version)

5. Hummingbird

6. To Know You Is To Love You

7. How Blue Can You Get? (Live In Cook County Jail/1970)

8. Sweet Sixteen

9. So Excited

10. Chains And Things

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Track List: Heart And Soul

1. Lonely And Blue

2. Sneakin' Around (With You)

3. You Can't Fool My Heart

4. Story From My Heart And Soul

5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

6. You Know I Love You

7. I'm King

8. A Lonely Lover's Plea

9. My Heart Belongs To You

10. Don't Cry Anymore

11. Please Accept My Love

12. Peace Of Mind

13. I Was Blind

14. On My Word Of Honor

15. I'll Survive

16. If I Lost You

17. My Reward

18. I Am

19. I Love You So

20. Key To My Kingdom

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Track List: The Best Of B.B. King

1. You Upset Me Baby

2. Everyday (I Have The Blues)

3. 5 Long Years

4. Sweet Little Angel (1991 Digital Remaster)

5. Beautician Blues

6. Dust My Broom

7. Three O'Clock Blues (1991 Digital Remaster)

8. Ain't That Just Like A Woman (1991 Digital Remaster)

9. I'm King

10. Sweet Sixteen (Part I)

11. Sweet Sixteen (Part II)

12. A Whole Lot Of Lovin'

13. Mean Ole Frisco

14. Please Accept My Love (1991 Digital Remaster)

15. Going Down Slow

16. Blues For Me

17. You Don't Know

18. Early Every Morning

19. Blues At Sunrise

20. Please Love Me

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Track List: Live At San Quentin

1. B.B. King Intro (Live At San Quentin)

2. Let The Good Times Roll (Live At San Quentin)

3. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live At San Quentin)

4. Whole Lotta Loving (Live At San Quentin)

5. Sweet Little Angel (Live At San Quentin)

6. Never Make A Move Too Soon (Live At San Quentin)

7. Into The Night (Live At San Quentin)

8. Ain't Nobody's Bizness (Live At San Quentin)

9. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At San Quentin)

10. Peace To The World (Live At San Quentin)

11. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (Live At San Quentin)

12. Sweet Sixteen (Live At San Quentin)

13. Rock Me Baby (Live At San Quentin)

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Track List: There Is Always One More Time

1. I'm Moving On

2. Back In L.A.

3. The Blues Come Over Me

4. Fool Me Once

5. The Lowdown

6. Mean & Evil

7. Something Up My Sleeve

8. Roll, Roll, Roll

9. There Is Always One More Time

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Track List: Live At The Apollo

1. When Love Comes To Town (Live At The Apollo)

2. Sweet Sixteen (Live At The Apollo)

3. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At The Apollo)

4. Ain't Nobody's Bizness (Live At The Apollo)

5. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (Live At The Apollo)

6. All Over Again (Live At The Apollo)

7. Night Life (Live At The Apollo)

8. Since I Met You Baby (Live At The Apollo)

9. Guess Who (Live At The Apollo)

10. Peace To The World (Live At The Apollo)

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Track List: King Of The Blues: 1989

1. (You've Become A) Habit To Me

2. Drowning In The Sea Of Love

3. Can't Get Enough

4. Standing On The Edge

5. Go On

6. Let's Straighten It Out

7. Change In Your Lovin'

8. Undercover Man

9. Lay Another Log On The Fire

10. Business With My Baby Tonight

11. Take Off Your Shoes

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Track List: Do The Boogie! Early 50s Classics

1. Boogie Woogie Woman

2. Past Day

3. I Gotta Find My Baby

4. Bye Bye Baby

5. Woke Up This Morning (My Baby's Gone)

6. Please Love Me

7. Blind Love

8. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

9. Whole Lotta Love

10. That Ain't The Way To Do It

11. Everyday I Have The Blues

12. Let's Do The Boogie

13. Dark Is The Night-Part 1

15. Why I Sing The Blues

16. Everything I Do Is Wrong

17. The Woman I Love

18. Jump With You Baby

19. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles

20. Crying Won't Help You

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Track List: Six Silver Strings

1. Six Silver Strings

2. Big Boss Man

3. In The Midnight Hour

4. Into The Night (Into The Night/Soundtrack Version)

5. My Lucille

6. Memory Lane

7. My Guitar Sings The Blues

8. Double Trouble

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Track List: Blues 'N' Jazz

1. Inflation Blues

2. Broken Heart

3. Sell My Monkey

4. Heed My Warning

5. Teardrops From My Eyes

6. Rainbow Riot

7. Darlin' You Know I Love You

8. Make Love To Me

9. I Can't Let You Go

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Track List: Love Me Tender

1. One Of Those Nights

2. Love Me Tender

3. Don't Change On Me

4. (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time

5. You've Always Got The Blues

6. Nightlife/Please Send Me Someone To Love

7. You And Me, Me And You

8. Since I Met You Baby (1982 Version)

9. Time Is A Thief

10. A World I Never Made

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Track List: There Must Be A Better World Somewhere

1. The Victim

2. More, More, More

3. You're Going With Me

4. Life Ain't Nothing But A Party

5. Born Again Human

6. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (1981)

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Track List: Now Appearing At Ole Miss (Live)

Disc 1

1. Intro - B.B. King Blues Theme (Live At Ole Miss)

2. Caldonia (Live At Ole Miss, 1979)

3. Blues Medley (Live At Ole Miss)

4. Hold On (Live At Ole Miss)

5. I Got Some Outside Help (I Don't Really Need) (Live At Ole Miss, 1980)

6. Darlin' You Know I Love You (Live At Ole Miss)

Disc 2

1. When I'm Wrong (Live At Ole Miss)

2. The Thrill Is Gone ( (Live At Ole Miss, 1979)

3. Never Make A Move Too Soon (Live At Ole Miss)

4. Three O'Clock In The Morning (Live At Ole Miss)

5. Rock Me Baby (Live At Ole Miss)

6. Guess Who (Live At Ole Miss)

7. I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone (Live At Ole Miss)

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Track List: Take It Home

1. Better Not Look Down

2. Same Old Story (Same Old Song)

3. Happy Birthday Blues

4. I've Always Been Lonely

5. Second Hand Woman

6. Tonight I'm Gonna Make You A Star

7. The Beginning Of The End

8. A Story Everybody Knows

9. Take It Home

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Track List: Midnight Believer

1. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)

2. Midnight Believer

3. I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone

4. Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing) (Feat. The Crusaders)

5. Never Make A Move Too Soon

6. A World Full Of Strangers (Feat. The Crusaders)

7. Let Me Make You Cry A Little Longer

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Track List: King Size

1. Don't You Lie To Me

2. I Wonder Why

3. Medley: I Just Want To Make Love To You / Your Lovin' Turns Me On

4. Slow & Easy

5. Got My Mojo Working

6. Walkin' In The Sun

7. Mother Fuyer

8. The Same Love That Made Me

9. It's Just A Matter Of Time

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Track List: Friends

1. Friends

2. I Got Them Blues

3. Baby I'm Yours

4. Up At 5 AM

5. Philadelphia

6. When Everything Else Is Gone

7. My Song

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Track List: To Know You Is To Love You

1. I Like To Live The Love (Album Version)

2. Respect Yourself

3. Who Are You

4. Love

5. I Can't Leave

6. To Know You Is To Love You (Album Version)

7. Oh To Me

8. Thank You For Loving The Blues

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Track List: Guess Who

1. Summer In The City

2. Just Can't Please You

3. Any Other Way

4. You Don't Know Nothin' About Love

5. Found What I Need

6. Neighborhood Affair

7. It Takes A Young Girl

8. Better Lovin' Man

9. Guess Who

10. Shouldn't Have Left Me

11. Five Long Years

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Track List: Live In Cook County Jail

1. Introductions (Live In Cook County Jail)

2. Every Day I Have The Blues (Live In Cook County Jail)

3. How Blue Can You Get? (Live In Cook County Jail)

4. Worry, Worry (Live In Cook County Jail)

5. Medley: 3 O'Clock Blues, Darlin' You Know I Love You (Live In Cook County Jail)

6. Sweet Sixteen (Live In Cook County Jail)

7. The Thrill Is Gone (Live In Cook County Jail)

8. Please Accept My Love (Live In Cook County Jail)

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Track List: Indianola Mississippi Seeds

1. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

2. You're Still My Woman

3. Ask Me No Questions

7. Chains And Things

9. Hummingbird

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Track List: Live And Well

1. Don't Answer The Door (Live) (1969/Village Gate/New York )

2. Just A Little Love (Live) (Village Gate)

3. My Mood (Live At Village Gate/1969)

4. Sweet Little Angel (Live) (Village Gate)

5. Please Accept My Love (1969/Live At The Village Gate)

6. I Want You So Bad

7. Friends

8. Get Off My Back Woman

9. Let's Get Down To Business

10. Why I Sing The Blues (1987)

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Track List: Completely Well

1. So Excited

2. No Good

3. You're Losin' Me

4. What Happened

5. Confessin' The Blues

6. Key To My Kingdom

7. Cryin' Won't Help You Now

8. You're Mean

9. The Thrill Is Gone

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Track List: Blues On Top Of Blues

1. Heartbreaker

2. Losing Faith In You

3. Dance With Me

4. That's Wrong Little Mama

5. Having My Say

6. I'm Not Wanted Anymore

7. Worried Dream

8. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

9. Until I Found You

10. I'm Gonna Do What They Do To Me

11. Raining In My Heart

12. Now That You've Lost Me

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Track List: Lucille

1. Lucille

2. You Move Me So

3. Country Girl

4. No Money, No Luck Blues

5. I Need Your Love

6. Rainin' All The Time

7. I'm With You

8. Stop Putting The Hurt On Me