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Editors’ Notes

Riding With the King is the sound of two roosters scratching, crowing and strutting around the henhouse. King and Clapton whip up loads of crying guitar genius, like the licks they trade on “Three O’Clock Blues” and “When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer”. The pair also have a blast sharing the mic. King even gets his English protégé to unleash a Memphis growl in the midst of a soul-funk version of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On! I’m Comin’”. Slowhand never sounded so wild.


Born: 16 September 1925 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century. His bent notes and staccato picking style influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provided a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was...
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