B.B. King was a legendary American musician popularly known as the ‘King of the Blues’. He is respected for popularizing the genre of blues globally while having a profound influence on the Blues musicians. During his initial days, he worked as a disc jockey and then moved to Memphis in search of better opportunities. He started off by performing on a popular radio program which brought him a ten-minute spot on the Memphis Radio Station. This helped him get his first bite of fame which attracted several recording contracts. In the first three years, his career was a bit dull but it all changed with his single titled ‘3 O'Clock Blues’. It became his first most notable work and was a huge commercial success. It also topped the ‘Billboard’s Rhythm and Blue’s charts’. This encouraged him to go on musical tours and he was soon seen performing hundreds of shows every year. The year 1956 was a record-breaking year for him as he was booked for more than 300 concerts and also a few recording sessions. He further did various live performances and recording to become a legend in the R&B genre of music. The one-of-a-kind King would be remembered not only for his music but also for his canny wit and inspirational words and thoughts. Go through the quotes and thoughts by B.B. King which is sure to strike the right chord.
I was born on a plantation, and things weren't so good. We didn't have any money. I never thought of the word 'poor' 'til I got to be a man, but when you live in a house that you can always peek out of and see what kind of day it is, you're not doing so well. And your rest room is not inside the house.
'She's Dynamite' was a 100 years ago, and I recorded that song because the company thought that it was a great song and it was hot. That was the beginning of rock n' roll, and I guess they thought it would be a BB King version of rock n' roll.
I almost chopped my thumb off once. Just before I left home, I was about ten or eleven years old, and I was trying to open a bone. Can you imagine that? A bone! I was trying to get the marrow out of a bone, and I took the ax, and I went to chop it, and something slipped, and the ax went right down there and damn near cut it off.
My mother was a very beautiful lady, I thought. She was very good to me. I guess - she died when I was nine and a half, but if she had lived, I probably wouldn't be trying to play guitar. She wanted me to be known, but as something else. Not a guitar player.
Back when we was in school in Mississippi, we had Little Black Sambo. That's what you learned: Anytime something was not good, or anytime something was bad in some kinda way, it had to be called black. Like, you had Black Monday, Black Friday, black sheep... Of course, everything else, all the good stuff, is white. White Christmas and such.
I don't have a favorite song that I've written. But I do have a favorite song: 'Always on My Mind,' the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing it every night. I like the story it tells.
When people treat you mean, you dislike them for that, but not because of their person, who they are. I was born and raised in a segregated society, but when I left there, I had nobody I disliked other than the people that'd mistreated me, and that only lasted for as long as they were mistreating me.