Legendary blues man B.B. King will perform at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Friday, May 30. Anthony Gomes will open the show. Tickets ($39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $89.50) are available at the Coronado box office, 314 N. Main St., Rockford; www.ticketmaster.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (815) 968-0595.
Throughout the 1990s as well as the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s and 1950s, there has been only one “King of the Blues” — Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King.
Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums, many of them considered blues classics. Over the years, B.B. has had two No. 1 R & B hits, 1951’s “Three O’clock Blues” and 1952’s “You Don’t Know Me,” and four No. 2 R & B hits, 1953’s “Please Love Me,” 1954’s “You Upset Me Baby,” 1960’s “Sweet Sixteen, Part I,” and 1966’s “Don’t Answer The Door, Part I”. B.B.’s most popular crossover hit, 1970’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” went to No. 15 pop.
Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world’s most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise vocal-like string bends and his left-hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of the rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy, his every note counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. Learn more at www.bbking.com and www.bbkingfanclub.net.
From the May 21-27, 2014, issue