B.B. King – “I Like To Live The Love” Live

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B.B. King Owns The Stage Every Time

This particular live performance happened in 1974 where B.B. King performed in front of 80,000 people. He sang every song with so much passion and soul that left his audience mesmerized and in awe.

The backstory around this performance is rich. Behind B.B. is a large orchestra, made up of core members ofB.B.’s touring band – pianist Ron Levy, drummer Sonny Freeman and saxophonist Bobby Forte – plus studio musicians recruited (mostly) from New York, including renowned session guitarist Larry Carlton. Directed by Hampton Reese, B.B.’s longtime friend and musical tutor (you’ll see him in his plaid sport coat conducting the band), this collection of musicians achieved their amazing performance after a single rehearsal in Kinshasa. Hampton wrote the charts for all the songs in the set, and every musician was playing from those charts.

Anyone who listens to his music can tell how much spirit and energy he puts into it. His success has become a major influence to other musicians and his guitar style is one that continues to amaze his fans.

According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.”




My song is a serious matter
It reflects what I feel
If I say I love you, I mean it
‘Cause in my song
Every line is for real

Every man or woman
Enjoys going home
To a peaceful situation
To give love and receive love
Without any complications

Whether my tune is short or long
Whether my lyrics are weak or strong

I like to live the love
That I sing about in my song
I like to live the love
That I sing about in my song

Music is love
And my love is music
In perfect harmony
So when I sing
I have sung all about
The love of you and me

I never got angry with my guitar
‘Cause when I strike a chord
It gives me what I wanna hear
So I’m finding out that
We are quite like my song together, my dear

Outside answers
Should always be forbidden
Problems should be solved
And never hidden

I like to live the love
That I sing about in my song
I like to live the love
That I sing about in my song

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