Quotes by: B. B. King

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B.B. King
King at the 2009 North Sea Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth name Riley B. King
Born (1925-09-16)September 16, 1925
Berclair, Mississippi, U.S.
Died May 14, 2015(2015-05-14) (aged 89)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres
Blues rhythm and blues blues rock[1]
Occupation(s)
Singer guitarist songwriter record producer
Instruments
Guitar vocals
Years active 1948–2015
Labels
RPM Crown Kent ABC BluesWay MCA Geffen
Associated acts
Bobby Bland Eric Clapton
Website bbking.com
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-355 ("Lucille")

I guess you can look at me, and tell I'm the old man. My name is BB King.
B. B. King
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
B. B. King
The problem is that a lot of the blues stations are late on Saturday night, and like a lot of people, I ain't no vampire!
B. B. King
I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I've never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I've wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn't work.
B. B. King
When I was in the country and I was trying to play, nobody seemed to pay too much attention to me. People used to say, 'That's just that ole blues singer.'
B. B. King
What don't I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain't nobody here saying, 'You'd better learn this.' But I still think I've got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.
B. B. King
My dad died, I think, at 87. So I'll be lucky if I make 87. But in a lot of cases, the younger people live longer than their parents. And they know more. My dad used to tell me he ate the hog from his rooter to his tooter. So do I when I'm not trying to lose weight.
B. B. King
Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said to make the audience understand what I'm trying to do more. When I'm singing, I don't want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.
B. B. King
There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done.
B. B. King
Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.
B. B. King
As for my band, well, my mentors were Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, and no one had a band more smartly dressed than Duke.
B. B. King
I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother's aunt who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and a few others.
B. B. King
Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
B. B. King
I'm trying to get people to see that we are our brother's keeper. Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues.
B. B. King
I don't care for the music when they're talking bad about women because I think women are God's greatest gift to the planet - I just like music.
B. B. King
I've been a loner all the time throughout my life... I haven't been the best father... Many times... my children have accused me of not giving them enough attention. And, frankly, I never have been good at handling that.
B. B. King
Everything I record, I just try to sound like me and come up with songs that suit what I do and then just go for it. I never know what the public's going to like, anyway.
B. B. King
If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you're going to the bank to borrow money.
B. B. King
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
B. B. King
Growing up on the plantation there in Mississippi, I would work Monday through Saturday noon. I'd go to town on Saturday afternoons, sit on the street corner, and I'd sing and play.
B. B. King
I've been married twice. Most women would rather not be married to a traveling blues singer.
B. B. King
Do I love the road? Honestly? No - but it's how I earn my living. I also don't have the blues, like it's some kind of fever. The blues is my job. It's what I do.
B. B. King
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