B.B. King – “Why I Sing The Blues” Live
He’s The King Of Blues — It’s No Wonder Why!
This track was written by B.B. King and Dave Clark and is part of the 1983 compilation album with the same title. It contains several of his greatest hits and is basically just one great music after another.
In his Foreword to the Helen Oakley Dance biography of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King writes: ‘In my “Why I Sing the Blues,” I end up:
And everybody wants to know why I sing the blues,
Well, I’ve been around a long time, I’ve really paid my dues.
Meaning there’s all kind of trouble in life, and a heap of blues artist were needed to keep track of all that.’
In this particular live performance in Kinshasa, Zaire; it was as memorable to the audience as it was to B.B. King himself. Singing with such burning passion to an amazing crowd is something that no one can ever forget.
According to Charles Sawyer, “He definitely connected with them like the beloved king he is. If you’re a B.B. King fan, you are in for a rare treat with B.B, King Live in Africa ’74. If this is your introduction to the King of the Blues, you’ll understand why he is so loved the world over.”
Other tracks he performed during the event include:
- To Know You Is to Love You
- I Believe to My Soul
- Why I Sing the Blues
- Ain’t Nobody Home
- Sweet Sixteen
- The Thrill Is Gone
- Guess Who
- I Like to Live the Love