Happy Birthday B.B. King: Collaborating With The King Spotify Playlist


Blues legend B.B. King was born in rural Mississippi on this date in 1925. The acclaimed guitarist passed away in 2015 at the age of 89, leaving behind an outstanding body of work that saw the beloved musician collaborate with many of the top players in the world. This edition of Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist highlighting the many talented recording artists who worked with The King Of The Blues during is long and illustrious career.

The set begins with 1974’s Together For The First Time … Live joint release with Bobby “Blue” Bland and its 1976 follow-up Together Again … Live. King’s 1982 live LP with The Crusader and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Jam and his acclaimed 2000 collab with Eric Clapton, Riding With The King, come next in the set.

A trio of albums featuring a special guest on each track – 1993’s Blues Summit, 1997’s Deuces Wild and 2005’s B.B. King & Friends – 80 – are also included within the playlist. King can be heard on these releases performing alongside such fellow legends as Albert Collins, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Elton John and many more. The 2011 live release from Royal Albert Hall featuring Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Ronnie Woods, Slash and others continues the collaborative collection.

Among the additional musicians rounding out the playlist with King includes Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, U2, Jimmy Smith, Jimmie Vaughan and The Rolling Stones. Check out who else is playing with the King in the Spotify Playlist below: