Thursday, April 2, 2009

B.B. KING, "Three O'clock Blues"

B.B. King, originally named Riley King, formed the Famous St. John’s Gospel Singers in 1943 where he would play in churches during the day and then play blues on Saturday nights throughout Delta towns making triple the money. He landed a gig on WDIA, a new radio station in Memphis, and his popularity grew exponentially. He renamed himself from Riley King to the “Beale Street Blues Boy” and later shortened it to “B.B. King.”
Three O’clock Blues was a national hit in 1951 and reached #1 on the R & B charts in 1952 and stayed there for 15 weeks. The song was a return to the more much basic blues form. Although most people still think of King primarily as a blues guitarist, it’s his vocal mastery and rapport with an audience that are some of his greatest talents

To see and hear B.B. King in action playing Three O'Clock blues check it out:


B.B. King. Three O'Clock Blues. King of the Blues. RPM Records. 1951