This man didn’t need any words, he made that guitar bleed what he was feeling. At the 4:23 mark ~ Lord he couldn’t of dug any deeper.
You hear this with your heart not your ears.
This people is Mr. Riley “Blues Boy” King.
He was, is and always will be the King Of The Blues.
Honors and Awards
In 1980, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1990, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
In 1991, he was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA.
King was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995. This is given to recognize “the lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents of our nation’s most prestigious artists.”
In 2004, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music awarded him the Polar Music Prize for his “significant contributions to the blues”.
On December 15, 2006, President George W. Bush awarded King the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On May 27, 2007, King was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Brown University.
On May 14, 2008, King was presented with the keys to the city of Utica, New York; and on May 18, 2008, the mayor of Portland, Maine, Edward Suslovic, declared the day “B.B. King Day” in the city. Prior to King’s performance at the Merrill Auditorium, Suslovic presented King with the keys to the city.
In 2009, TIME named B.B. King No.3 on its list of the 10 best electric guitarists of all time.
Each year during the first week in June, a B.B. King Homecoming Festival is held in Indianola, Mississippi.
A Mississippi Blues Trail marker was added for B.B. King, commemorating his birthplace.
On May 29, 2010, Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he played before 20,000 people.
Years reflect the year in which the Grammy was awarded, for music released in the previous year.
1971: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “The Thrill Is Gone”.
1982: Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere”.
1984: Best Traditional Blues Recording for “Blues ‘n Jazz”.
1986: Best Traditional Blues Recording for “My Guitar Sings the Blues”.
1991: Best Traditional Blues Recording for “Live at San Quentin”.
1992: Best Traditional Blues Album for “Live at the Apollo”.
1994: Best Traditional Blues Album for “Blues Summit”.
1997: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “SRV Shuffle”.
2000: Best Traditional Blues Album for “Blues on the Bayou”.
2001: Best Traditional Blues Album for “Riding with the King”.
2001: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Is You or Is You Ain’t (Baby)”.
2003: Best Traditional Blues Album for “A Christmas Celebration of Hope”.
2003: Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Auld Lang Syne”.
2006: Best Traditional Blues Album for “80”.
2009: Best Traditional Blues Album for “One Kind Favor”.
King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
A Grammy Hall of Fame Award was given to “The Thrill is Gone” in 1998, an award given to recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have “qualitative or historical significance.”
Peformance on the video was the Japan Blues Carnival, 1989.
On the video it states the wrong song. It is Blues Boy Tune.