At first glance, BB King
may seem somewhat indecisive. For instance, he announced that he would never again perform live, onlyto be convinced later to go on a world tour. Whatever the case,this giant from Indianola, Mississippi, is a pioneer of the blues and in a class of his own. With his guitar, which he has named Lucille, he has created countless classics. In 1988, he recorded the song When Love Comes to Town
with the pop band U2 and he now has a following among a younger generation of fans. In 2000, his duo album Riding with the King
, recorded with close friend and fan Eric Clapton, became a huge hit. BB King recorded his first album in 1949 and 60 years later he is still going strong. According to the critics, his most recent album One Kind Favor
, released last year, is his best work in years. BBKing's voice is still deep and dark with a catch in it and his guitar solos are recognizable among thousands. Recently, a museum in his birthplace was dedicated to this living blues legend. The museum not only pays tribute to the man but to the whole genre as well. BB King is the blues personified.