Saturday, September 17, 2011
Yesterday was the birthday of B.B. King, listed as number three of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Rolling Stone, which praises his “uniquely eclectic vision of the blues, blending the intricate guitar language of country blues, the raw emotion of gospel and the smooth finesse of jazz." At 86, King still maintains an amazingly active tour schedule. Above, B.B., which stands for "Blues Boy," is joined by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan in a crowd-pleasing performance of "Rock Me Baby" at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas, Texas, 2004. Happy birthday to this national musical treasure, also known as the "Ambassador of the Blues."