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B B King
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Blues purists never cared for me. I don't worry about it. I think if it this way: When I made 'Three O' Clock Blues,' they were not there. The people out there made the tune. And blues purists just wrote about it. The people is who I'm trying to satisfy. B B King

I always liked the steel guitar. I also love the guys that play the bottleneck. But I could never do it; I never made it do what I want. So every time I would pick up the guitar, I'd shake my hand and trill it a bit. For some strange reason my ears would say to me that sounds similar to what those guys were doing. I can't pick up the guitar now without doing it. So that's how I got into making my sound. It was nothing pretty. Just trying to please myself. I heard that sound. B B King

When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille. B B King

He was Jimi Hendrix! He didn't sound like anybody else but himself. He was like Charlie Parker in his way of playing, he played well, he was a person that made waves. When you heard Jimi Hendrix you knew it was Jimi Hendrix, he introduced himself in his instrument... You know, many radio stations play records and a lot of the times they don't call out the names who you just listened to, but when they play Jimi Hendrix, you don't have to tell me, [you know] it's Jimi Hendrix... B B King

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. B B King

It just seemed to me that the way I played was nice. I could hear it myself. B B King

I tried to connect my singing voice to my guitar an' my guitar to my singing voice. Like the two was talking to one another. B B King

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there! B B King

There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done. B B King

If you can't get your songs to people one way, you have to find another. B B King

If there was no ladies, I wouldn't wanna be on the planet. Ladies, friends, and music - without those three, I wouldn't wanna be here. B B King

I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother's aunt, who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and a few others. B B King

The crowds treat me like my last name. When I go onstage people usually stand up, I never ask them to, but they do. They stand up and they don't know how much I appreciate it. B B King

I can't think of anyone I've mistreated. I've always thought that I am my brother's keeper. And I believe there's a 'great spirit' that takes care of all of us. B B King

A day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day. B B King

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' till 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 restroom is not inside the house. B B King

I did several shows with Jimi Hendrix, that's when I got to know him better, I knew of him, I met him [when he was playing] with Little Richard... And he was kind of quiet, shy, he didn't open up too much, but there were questions as we all ask each other. You know, "how do you do this" and "why do you do that..." We had very small discussions on things like that. And he was very polite, I thought [he was] a very nice guy... B B King

I thought Eric Clapton was good. He still is. Not only is he good - he's rock's 1 guitarist, and he plays blues better than most of us B B King

Kenny Burrell is overall the greatest guitarist in the world and he's my favorite. B B King

Charlie Christian had no more impact on my playing than Django Reinhardt or Lonnie Johnson. I just wanted to play like him. I wanted to play like all of them. All of these people were important to me. I couldn't play like any of them, though ... B B King

I don't do much recording anymore, but before I really stopped, I was glad to get five, five cent a record. That's why when I see people today and they complain about what they get, and I picked cotton for $2.50 a day. B B King

Being a blues singer is like being black two times. B B King

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed. B B King

When people treat you mean, you dislike them for that, but not because of their person, who they are. I was born and raised in a segregated society, but when I left there, I had nobody I disliked other than the people that'd mistreated me, and that only lasted for as long as they were mistreating me. B B King

I've put up with more humiliation than I care to remember. B B King

I don't care for the music when they're talking bad about women because I think women are God's greatest gift to the planet - I just like music. B B King

I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier. B B King

I would sit on the street corners in my hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, and I would play. And, generally, I would start playing gospel songs. B B King

The way I feel today, as long as my health is good and I can handle myself well and people still come to my concerts, still buy my CDs, I'll keep playing until I feel like I can't. B B King

A lot of people believe what other people say. B B King

I guess you can look at me, and tell I'm the old man. My name is BB King. B B King

You've heard me call myself a bluesman and a blues singer. I call myself a blues singer, but you ain't never heard me call myself a blues guitar man. Well, that's because there's been so many can do it better'n I can, play the blues better'n me. I think a lot of them have told me things, taught me things. B B King

I've known people that was a part of a family and always feel that the family liked everyone else but them. That hurts, and that's as deep a hurt as you can possibly get. I've known people that would have problems with their love life. This is kind of how blues began - out of feeling misused, mistreated. Feeling like they had nobody to turn to. Blues don't necessarily have to be sung by a person that came from Mississippi as I did, because there are people having problems all over the world. B B King

Playing guitar is like telling the truth. B B King

Singing about your sadness unburdens your soul. But the blues hollers shouted about more than being sad. They were also delivering messages in musical code. If the master was coming, you might sing a hidden warning to the other field hands . . . The blues could warn you what was coming. I could see the blues was about survival. B B King

Janis Joplin sings the blues as hard as any black person. B B King

I do it because I still get a kick out of it. I still love performing. It keeps me young. B B King

Albert King wasn't my brother in blood, but he sure was my brother in Blues B B King

Sometimes the proprietors of the little juke joints gave me a couple dollars. I loved that. I'd go back next Saturday. B B King

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. B B King

I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother's aunt who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and a few others. B B King

If T-Bone Walker had been a woman, I would have asked him to marry me. I'd never heard anything like that before: single-string blues played on an electric guitar. B B King

I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow. B B King

I started to like blues, I guess, when I was about 6 or 7 years old. There was something about it, because nobody else played that kind of music. B B King

Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin', too. B B King

I call myself a blues singer, but you ain't never heard me call myself a blues guitar man. B B King

I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I've never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I've wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn't work. B B King

What don't I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain't nobody here saying, 'You'd better learn this.' But I still think I've got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me. B B King

When you heard Jimi Hendrix, you knew it was Jimi Hendrix. He introduced himself with his instrument. His attack to a guitar man, was, oh, something else! You think of one of the great American ball players, or one of the great fighters of the world, you know, that's the way he would attack any note on his guitar. B B King

I gave you seven children, but now you want to give them back. B B King

I look at an audience kind of like meeting my in-laws for the first time. You want to be yourself, but you still want to be somebody that they like. When I go on the stage each night, I try my best to outguess my audience. B B King

The early years when I was starting, blues player, you wasn't always welcome in a lot of the other places. People usually have preconceived ideas about blues music. They always feel that it's depressing and that it's just something that a guy sit out on a stool, grab a guitar, and just start singing or mumbling or whatever. B B King

I do' like to feel that I owe anything. I like to feel that I pay my own way, no free lunch. B B King

I've always liked ladies all my life. I guess it started with my mom. So every time I saw a pretty lady, I thought, she's pretty. B B King

I'm self-taught. But I finally learned that they was having little shows or night dances or whatever you call them at little juke joints not far from where I lived, and I used to go there. They wouldn't let me play inside, but I could sit outside on the weekends, when it wasn't raining or something. B B King

I don't think it's meant for man to know everything at once. B B King

I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions. B B King

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. B B King

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. B B King

I just wonder where I was when the talent was being given out, like George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Eric Clapton... oh, there's many more! I wouldn't want to be like them, you understand, but I'd like to be equal, if you will. B B King

I don't try to just be a blues singer - I try to be an entertainer. That has kept me going. B B King

God made Blues right after he made woman. B B King

Ladies, friends, and music - without those three, I wouldn't wanna be here B B King

There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done B B King

A lot of times I say to myself, "I wished I could be worthy of all the compliments that people give me sometimes." I'm not inventing anything that's going to stop cancer or muscular dystrophy or anything, but I like to feel that my time and talent is always there for the people that need it. When someone do say something negative, most times I think about it, but it don't bother me that much. B B King

I woke up this morning, My baby was gone. B B King

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. B B King

We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so. B B King

I don't like anybody to be angry with me. I'd rather have friends. B B King

When you don't have much money, you worry that they'll just put you in the ground someplace and your loved ones won't know where you are. B B King



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