B.B. King was playing nearly a concert every night, and he quickly grew to become one of the most significant musicians in R&B. Well into the 1960’s and beyond, he released hit after hit, including: “Please Love Me,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Ten Long Years,” “To Know You is to Love You,” “I Like to Live the Love,” “On My Word of Honors,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” “When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer,” and “The Thrill is Gone,” a crossover hit for which he earned a Grammy.
B.B. King has remained active in the new millennium, with live tours in 2006 and 2009, a performance alongside Eric Clapton in 2007, and performances at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival in 2008. Between 2010 and 2012, he performed at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco; at the Glastonbury Music Festival; at the Royal Albert Hall; at the Chicago House of Blues; at the Byblos Festival in Lebanon; and for President Obama at the Performance at the White House: Red, White, and Blues in 2012, during which he Buddy Guy solicited the now famous vocal contribution from Obama on part of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
For his invaluable contributions to R&B, B.B. King has been recognized with more than ten Grammys, including awards for Best Traditional Blues Recording and Best Traditional Blues Album, in multiple years, spanning from the early 1970’s well into the new millennium. In 1987, King was the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he still considered among the top ten guitarists of all time, as ranked by Rolling Stone.
BB King Song List
- “3 O’Clock Blues”
- “You Know I Love You”
- “You Upset Me Baby”
- “Woke Up This Morning”
- “The Thrill Is Gone”