Saturday Stream | Stretching Out With B. B. King

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On Thursday the world lost one of the greatest guitarist to ever live when B. B. King died at his Las Vegas home at age 89. King’s impact was perhaps put best by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio who said:

It’s literally impossible to overstate B.B. King’s influence on every single electric guitarist who followed in his path. All of us who have ever bent a note owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

Indeed, King’s work on his electric guitar named Lucille left an indelible mark on blues and rock ‘n’ roll music. While we and many others spent much of Friday listening to King’s impressive catalog (his Spotify streams have increased 9,800 percent) the below playlist – Stretching Out With B. B. King -offers three hours and 15 minutes more of King’s master guitar playing for you to stream in his honor.


[Photo by Kevin Westenberg]

Each of the 20 songs on the playlist are all over seven minutes in running time, focusing on moments (many live) in which B.B. stretched out a tune either for a ripping guitar solo or for enlightening banter -or sometimes both. The playlist begins with the studio track “You’re Mean” from his 1969 album Completely Well –the same LP that featured what would become his signature song, “The Thrill Is Gone” an 11-minute 1979 live version of which closes out the playlist. In between those tracks the playlist showcases live performances from Toyko, the San Quentin and Cook County Jails, the Apollo Theater and Royal Albert Hall, and more.

Rest in peace B.B., and thank-you for all the sweet tunes…