B.B. King – “How Blue Can You Get” Live
B.B. King Always Knows How To Put On A Great Show!
“How Blue Can You Get” was written by Jane Feather and Leonard Feather. When B.B. King covered the track for his album, “Blues in My Heart,” it was a huge hit. It even ranked 97 in the Billboard Hot 100.
The song is performed at “a steady, stately pace, its groove punctuated by B.B.’s stinging runs and wailing, sustained notes”, according to King biographer David McGee.King later re-recorded the song as “How Blue Can You Get” and ABC-Paramount Records released it as a single in 1964. It “stood out, thanks to the relative simplicity of its arrangement, and the caustic humor of the lyrics”.McGee adds that the remake featured “more propulsion from the horn section, and B.B. investing his vocal with far more outrage than can be detected on the laidback original”. It also added a “vehement stop-time interlude.”
The King loved performing this song during his concerts and it never grows old. It’s such a wonderful treat whenever the begins the first note. He is not just an unforgettable musician but an influential guitarist as well. His style is something that can be beautifully challenging.