All about the album "Completely Well" by one of the greatest blues artists BB King

We learn more about the life of B.B. King, one of the main jazz artists, and his famous album "Completely Well".

"Completely Well" (1969) - B.B. King - album history

BB King bore the title The king of the blues no worse than anyone monarch. Even in elderly age he sang and played music with relentless passion. His songs are like expensive wine: over time they become stronger and better, but creation Not everyone understands King listenerbut only those who can see beautiful and understands art. Now B.B. King already No alive, but he continues exist in those compositions that he created in his life (and their huge number).

In this article, we will tell you about the life musician, about his famous record "Completely Well" and about some songsincluded in this album.


For over half a century Riley B. King, better known as BB King, determined the blues trends for world audience. Ever since the musician started recording in 1940s, he released more fifty albums, many of which became classic.

King is born 16 of September 1925 on a plantation in Itta Bena, state Mississippi. IN youth he played on corners streets for pennies, all the time changed citiesto at least something earn. IN 1947 he hitchhiked to Memphis, Tennessee to try to start there serious musical career. Memphis was the place where they gathered important musicians South and them supported large music community. The audience paid attention to every interesting artist. BB King lived with a cousin bukka white, one of the greatest guitarists of all timewho taught a relative the art blues.

BB King (BBC King) in his youth
BB King (BBC King) in his youth

In the middle 1950swhen King was speaking dancing in Twist, Arkansas, several fans behaved inappropriate manner. Two men entered into fight and overturned the kerosene stove, began fire. The musician ran into the street safe a place with everyone else, and then realized that he left your favorite acoustic guitar for $30 inside. He rushed back inside the burning building to take tool, and barely escaped of death. When King later found out that fight was because of a woman named Lucille, he decided name his guitar with the same name. Since then, each of the signature guitars The Gibson B series called Lucille.

Shortly after your first hit "Three O'Clock Blues" King started to tour countrywide. IN 1956 he and his band played 342 concerts.

For many years king developed one of the most recognizable guitar styles in the world. He borrowed from American guitarists Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker some elements and united them.

In 1968 king played at the Newport Folk festival with the most hot modern rock artists of the time, who idolized him and helped imagine young audience. In a year King was chosen by the British rock band Rolling Stones to open eighteen their solo concerts.

Album "Completely Well"

breakthrough album Kinga 1969 was produced Bill Shimchikwho would later work with the American rock band The Eagles. Shimchika suggested rewrite the song blues musicians Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell "The Thrill Is Gone" 1951. Version Kinga is slow 12 bar blues. This track performed by King became one of the most famous compositions. She reached Third places in the charts R&B and rose to number fifteen on the charts Billboard Hot 100 Popstaying there for two months. Recording brought King an award Grammy Awards for the best male vocal R&B performance in 1970 year and premium The Grammy Hall of Fame 1998 year.


In "Completely Well" there are many great tracks: "Confessin' The Blues", "No Good" and "So Excited". The latter has incredible groove and incendiary chorus. "Completely Well" considered one of the best albums of a lifetime B.B. King. IN 2015 year he was reissued on vinyl, packaged with original illustrations and notes.

Album "Completely Well" sounds like music 70s and thereby seduces lovers rock. Songs from the album sounded as the opening act for concerts Rolling Stones. King is with them. spoke at one of the UK's most prestigious concert venues - albert hall.

Awards and own achievements

BB King was introduced into Blues Hall of Fame in 1984 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1987 he received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. IN 1992 year he received National distinction award from University Mississippi.

In 1991 year on Beale Street in Memphis open music restaurant "B.B. King's Blues Club", and in 1994 in Universal City Walk in Los Angeles was launched second branch. The third, in times square in New York, opened in June 2000, and two new clubs opened in the casino foxwoods in Connecticut in January 2002.

In 1996 was published autobiography Kinga "Blues All Around Me" (co-written with American writer David Ritz).

Signboard for the B.B. King's Blues Club
BB King's Blues Club music restaurant sign

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