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Former drummer of B.B. King: Respect, listen to each other

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Tony Coleman has traveled the world as the drummer for the late, great bluesman B.B. King. He connected with KOIN 6 anchor Ken Boddie at the Waterfront Blues Festival, and he said he has a message for the community — respect each other. Watch...
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Elvis Was Criticized by Many Black Artists but B.B. King Was Not One of Them

Whenever a biopic about a public figure is released, everyone wants to separate fact and fiction about their personal lives. To be able to condense a cultural icon's entire life, especially celebrated artists like Elvis Presley, in a two hour and thirty-nine minute film that forms a cohesive narrative is going to result in some omissions and scenes/dialogue crafted to serve that narrative.
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Kelvin Harrison Jr. on ‘Elvis’, Playing B.B. King, and Austin Butler’s Stunning Performance

With writer-director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis opening in theaters this weekend around the world, I recently got to speak with Kelvin Harrison Jr. about playing B.B. King in the biopic. During the interview, Butler talked about what he was surprised to learn about B.B. King and Elvis while prepping for the role, his reaction seeing Austin Butler as Elvis on set for the first time, why he was blown away by his performance, his reaction seeing the finished film for the first time and the way Luhrmann edited the movie, and more.
Guitar World Magazine

Epiphone unveils new Cherry-finished B.B. King Lucille guitar

A Bone White-finished Epi Lucille has also been unveiled, exclusively for the European market. Last October, after months of speculation and teases, Epiphone finally unveiled a B.B. King signature Lucille model. A lower-cost version of the Gibson Custom Shop Lucille electric guitar, the Epiphone is based on the blues guitar...
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B.B. King Remembered

Saturday (May 14th) marks the seventh anniversary of the death of the truly legendary, B.B. King, who died at the age of 89 following a series of strokes, and passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. B.B. King had long suffered from Type II diabetes and canceled a tour in October 2014 due to ill health. He never performed live again.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. teases B.B. King portrayal in ‘Elvis’

Kelvin Harrison Jr. has teased his portrayal of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic. The new Baz Luhrmann film will see Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘s Austin Butler play Presley alongside Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker, and fans were recently given a first look in a trailer.

Kelvin Harrison Jr. on ‘Cyrano,’ Why He Loved the Songs, and Playing B.B. King in Baz Luhrmann’s 'Elvis' Movie

From director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna), the epic love story Cyrano follows Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage), a man of “unique physique” whose undeclared love for his hometown friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett) leads him down a path where he finds himself expressing his true feelings through the dashingly handsome Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). The young soldier has caught the eye of the beauty that inspires Cyrano’s poetic words, and Cyrano is so fearful of her reaction that he settles for ensuring her happiness with another.

King of the blues : the rise and reign of B.B. King

In this extensively researched biography, which involved interviews with family, band members, other musicians, friends, managers and others, Daniel De Visé has written a biography about one of the all-time great musicians, B.B. King. It is more than a biography of one man, his art and his calling, it is a presentation of times, places, and ways of living, many that still exist in this country, which were integral to forming King's life. In meticulous detail De Visé documents the early, disjointed life of King’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with a genealogy of King’s family, going back to his father, Albert King, who was born in 1907. “The King family crisscrossed Mississippi in a perennial search for farm work … Events tore Albert’s family asunder.” This would be a pattern of life for generations of former slaves and their descendants, searching for work, (hard farm work, under dreadful conditions that would not enable them to financially advance or pull themselves out from under someone else's control) and resulting events (illness, death, material loss of home and belongings) that would tear families apart. It was rare to find cohesive, stable units of family and friends who could help financially and emotionally. What De Visé brilliantly achieves in charting the life of the King family are the effects of slavery, legally abolished but defacto not abolished. There was a multilayered economic and social system that had existed and was still in place. African American people were existing to exist, to find work to keep on working. Within this history De Visé weaves facts about African music that were the roots of what became known as The Blues, other forms of African American music, and widely fluential in many types of American music.

Black History Month: B.B. King

He was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi. The world would come to know and revere him as B.B. King. On May 14, 2015 not only the world of Blues, but the world of music overall lost a true legend, a man who embodied everything that his music encompassed.

Stax Music Academy To Perform Songs By B.B. King, Beyoncé And More

In honor of Black History Month, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and its Tennessee music academy are offering another virtual concert and tour. The Memphis-based studio that produced music by soul legends like Otis Redding, The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas and others during the 1960s and ‘70s has been turned into a museum while Stax Music Academy, which resides next door, teaches music theory, business and performance to young students.

Marty Stuart talks Johnny Cash, George Jones, B.B. King, guitars

There are some holy relics in Marty Stuart’s guitar collection. He has Staples Singers soul legend Pops Staples’ old rosewood Tele, a gift from the Staples family after Pops passed. There’s also the first ever B-Bender Telecaster - modified to bend notes hauntingly like a pedal-steel - which originally belonged to country-rock trailblazer Clarence White.

D.B Leighton Shares a New Poem Inspired by B.B. King. would like to thank the amazing D.B. Leighton for this great poem. The rhythm of this poem is very clear and it does have a soulful twist and rhythm that has me thinking of B.B. King taking this poem and turning it into a song!. Thanks again to D.B....