B.B. King – Sweet Sixteen (Live in Kinshasa)

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Nothing Sweeter Than Hearing B. B. King Perform Live!

Written by Walt Breeland, Willie Nelson and Paul Buskirk, “Sweet Sixteen” is yet another unforgettable track from THE King. He is definitely one of the most influential musicians of all time and has received recognition for his incomparable talent:

  • 6th in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
  • 17th in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time
  • In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • In 2014, he was also inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame
  • One of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar”

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.”

King had an amazing guitar style and has become legendary. He has influenced both classic rock and electric blues guitarists and continues to do so. This particular track has flawless notes and melody and the first time you hear it, you’ll immediately recognize the soulful and powerful vocals. The music is nothing short of perfect!

King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”

LYRICS

When I first met you, baby
Baby, you were just sweet sixteen
First met you, baby
Baby, you were just sweet sixteen
You just left your home then, baby
The sweetest thing I’d ever seen

But you wouldn’t do nothing, baby
You wouldn’t do anything I ask you to
You wouldn’t do nothing for me, baby
You wouldn’t do anything I ask you to
You know you ran away from your home, baby
And now you wanna run away from old B too

You know I love you, baby
And I’ll do anything you tell me to do
You know, you know I love you, baby
Baby I love you and I’ll do anything you tell me to
Nothing in the world, baby
Babe, it ain’t nothing
Nothing in the world I wouldn’t do it for you

I just got back from Vietnam baby
And you know I’m a long long way from New Orleans
I just got back from Vietnam baby, oh baby
And I’m a long long way from New Orleans
I’m having so much trouble baby
Baby, I wonder, what in the world is gonna happen to me?

Treat me mean, baby
But I’ll keep on loving you just the same
Treat me mean, treat me mean baby
I’ll keep loving you, keep on loving you just the same
But one of these days, baby
You’re gonna give a lot of money
To hear someone call my name

Yes, sweet sixteen baby, sweet sixteen
Yes the sweetest thing baby
Yes the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen
Ye, you know I’m having so much trouble, people
Baby I wonder, yes I wonder, baby I wonder
Oh, I wonder what in the world’s gonna happen to me

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