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Show#274: Goodbye B.B. King

May 25th, 2015

bbking mad 2000 Show#274: Goodbye B.B. King
(Photo by Steve Wagener.)

Blues legend B.B. King passed away earlier this month. He was 89.

He was one of the last remaining musicians who oversaw the electrification of the blues in the post-war era. Who’s left? Buddy Guy comes to mind. But most of the big names – the people that the likes of Robert Cray and Eric Clapton espouse as being influences – have passed on. We are truly at the end of an era.

I posted King’s set from the 2003 Madison Blues Fest several years ago and it can be found here. Also from a local angle, The Capital Times’ Rob Thomas reminisces about meeting the man himself and has reposted his interview with King from 2006.

Today we have B.B. King’s set from the Madison Blues Fest in 2000. It’s a decent audience recording. Certainly not the best, but quite listenable. Any help with the setlist would be appreciated.

Intro to BB King
Bad Case of Love
Peace of Mind in My Lifetime
Outskirts of Town
The Thrill Is Gone
Got to Love Somebody

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B.B. King

I found some video of King’s last performance here in Madison from May 2013. Thanks to “joaordorea” for posting it on YouTube.

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2 Responses to “Show#274: Goodbye B.B. King”

  1. Michael says:

    I was at the 2013 show in Madison. It was my first time seeing B.B. and even though we had ultra nosebleed seats, the music was great and I was glad to have seen him before he passed. He was a great showman, even from the chair he sat in for the show. The way he made that guitar express was magical.

    The YouTube clip is great.

    BB RIP

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