One I Really Don’t Want To Have To Write

B. B. King cancelled the remainder of his 2014 tour yesterday due to exhaustion. I caught him last year and rarely have I felt so privileged to just share someone’s air. He seemed tired then, and at 89 years old he’s definitely earned it. Today I’m spinning some mid-80s B.B., along with Etta James, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean and Chaka Khan.

Get better, Blues Boy. There’s still rocking to do.





8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. obscura
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 11:06:31

    It is a wonder and testament to his love of his art that he is still so active!! Thanks for the tune. (what a cavalcade of awesomeness!!)

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  2. richardtreehouse
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 11:37:00

    Love this! Thanks for giving the link. Touring has to be hard for a young person. I can’t even imagine at his age.

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    • jazzbaby1
      Oct 07, 2014 @ 11:43:46

      One of the most amazing performances I have ever seen was given by John Lee Hooker when he was 79 or 80. His roadie helped him walk out, sat him down and the man just owned for a couple of hours. When he was done he kind of slumped forward and his roadie came back out and got him.

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      • richardtreehouse
        Oct 07, 2014 @ 12:49:56

        I worked in a high end restaurant in the mid 1970’s and Count Basie and his orchestra performed about 5 times. It was amazing to be working with such awesome music playing. I looked it up and for that time frame he had an orchestra. I would have sworn it was called a big band but maybe I’m confusing him with another entertainer. Count Basie would have been in his 70’s when I heard him play.

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      • jazzbaby1
        Oct 07, 2014 @ 13:06:21

        You saw Count Basie’s orchestra while you were working? Some people have all the luck, dude. 😉

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  3. jollytr
    Oct 07, 2014 @ 13:00:03

    Ooh no. I saw him twice in the late 1980’s/ early 1990’s and he was mind blowing. Time stands still for no man … but sometimes it would be nice if it just slowed down a little 😦

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