Inspiring quotes by B.B. King

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by B.B. King

  • Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.
  • People all over the world have problems. And as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.
  • I was born on a plantation, and things weren’t so good. We didn’t have any money. I never thought of the word ‘poor’ ’til I got to be a man, but when you live in a house that you can always peek out of and see what kind of day it is, you’re not doing so well. And your rest room is not inside the house.
  • ‘She’s Dynamite’ was a 100 years ago, and I recorded that song because the company thought that it was a great song and it was hot. That was the beginning of rock n’ roll, and I guess they thought it would be a BB King version of rock n’ roll.
  • I almost chopped my thumb off once. Just before I left home, I was about ten or eleven years old, and I was trying to open a bone. Can you imagine that? A bone! I was trying to get the marrow out of a bone, and I took the ax, and I went to chop it, and something slipped, and the ax went right down there and damn near cut it off.
  • My mother was a very beautiful lady, I thought. She was very good to me. I guess – she died when I was nine and a half, but if she had lived, I probably wouldn’t be trying to play guitar. She wanted me to be known, but as something else. Not a guitar player.
  • When we went into World War II, I was a tractor driver then. I drove tractors on the plantation. So when they start calling people my age, 18, up, I was one they called.
  • Back when we was in school in Mississippi, we had Little Black Sambo. That’s what you learned: Anytime something was not good, or anytime something was bad in some kinda way, it had to be called black. Like, you had Black Monday, Black Friday, black sheep… Of course, everything else, all the good stuff, is white. White Christmas and such.
  • The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn’t know how other people would take it.
  • Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.

Born on September 16, 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, Riley B. King—best known as B.B. King—rose to become one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians in history. His life was deeply intertwined with music from an early age. His love for the guitar began when he was a child, and by his teenage years, he was performing on street corners.

In the late 1940s, King moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he found success as a musician, performing on street corners and eventually landing a regular spot on the radio. His career took off with his unique blend of traditional blues, jazz, and R&B, pioneering a style that would influence generations of musicians.

Nicknamed the “King of the Blues,” B.B. King’s career spanned over six decades, during which he released numerous albums, toured extensively, and won multiple awards, including multiple Grammys. His single-string guitar playing, emotive singing, and iconic use of vibrato on his guitar “Lucille” became trademarks of his style.

Beyond his musical achievements, B.B. King was a charismatic and beloved figure, known for his warm personality and dedication to his fans. He remained active in the music scene until his passing on May 14, 2015, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and influence musicians worldwide.

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