Happy Birthday B.B. King: Pro-Shot Concert In Stockholm In 1974


Today marks what would have been the birthday of late great blues guitarist B.B. King who passed away at the age of 89 in May of 2015. Born Riley B. King on this date in 1925, B.B. would go on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed guitarists while earning the title of “King Of The Blues.”

JamBase celebrates King’s birthday with pro-shot video featuring a concert held by B.B. on May 24, 1974 at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden. The legendary bluesman’s talents are on display as he plays his beloved six-stringed instrument known as Lucille. He was backed by a band made up of drummer Sonny Freeman, pianist Ron Levy, guitarist Milton Hopkins, bassist Wilbert Freeman, trumpeter Eddie Rowe and saxophonists Bobby Forte (tenor), Cato Walker III (alto) and Louis Hubert (baritone).

The performance was captured for Swedish television and featured such favorites as “To Know You Is To Love You,” “Just A Little Bit Love” and his signature “The Thrill Is Gone.” Watch the full show below:

Setlist (via Forgotten Guitar)

Set: To Know You Is To Love You, Instrumental, Walking Dr. Bill, I’ve Got Some Outside Help I Don’t Need, The Thrill Is Gone, Instrumental, Band Intros, Guess Who, Just A Little Bit Love

[Originally Published: September 16, 2016]