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The Blues Don’t Change … The Thrill is Not Gone

The Blues Don’t Change … The Thrill is Not Gone

The Thrill is Gone. The King of the Blues, Blues Boy King –  BB King passed away on 14th May 2015. He was 89. Considered one of the most hardworking and respectable Blues musician, performing for more than  300 days in a year,  BB King and his signature guitar Lucille thrilled audiences around the globe  for almost 60 years. Born a King, in  the cotton fields of  Mississippi into  a family of sharecroppers in 1925, orphaned at a very early stage in his life and growing up in some of the harshest conditions at that time,   BB King hit  No. 1 on the R & B charts in 1951 with the suicidal single “ Three O’ Clock Blues”. No turning back after that. Widely known for his 1971 hit  “ The Thrill is Gone” that earned him a Grammy  for R & B Best Male  Vocal performance in  1971, he went on to garner another 14 Grammys and a Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.  In 2006, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A rarity for the Blues. One of the most awesome on-stage Blues guitarist, lists 86 studio albums, 19 Live Albums and 152 singles by BB King.   In 1999, Mr. King recounted how he came to sing the blues. “Growing up on the plantation there in Mississippi, I would work Monday through Saturday noon,” he said. “I’d go to town on Saturday afternoons, sit on the street corner, and I’d sing and play. “I’d have me a hat or box or something in front of me. People that would request a gospel song...

The Blues Don’t Change … Help Me Make it Through the Day

After a steaming cup  of homemade coffee on a Sunday morning, it was time to listen to some great Blues. Years  ago, all you had was  a record with the same songs and you had to repeat the same version over and over a zillion times! Thanks to  progress in technology.   Today, one can hear  different versions of the same song  by different artistes and styles and from different  eras. So it was with the Leon Russell penned Help  Me Make it Through the Day. I first heard the version  by Freddie King many years ago and then the classic rock version by David Coverdale in  his LovehunterAlbum.  Today it was  different. Buddy Whittington, Peter Green Splinter Group, Bobby Bland, Steve Marriott, ‪Bernard Allison, Trudy Lynn  and of course David Coverdale and Freddie King. There is  good music and there is great music. This is a great song  by great musicians!  Check it...

The Blues Don’t Change … Peter Green Splinter Group

“Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to be loved and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday 14th December, 2014, at the Experimental Theatre, University Malaya, a small group of about 150 diehard blues fans in the country turned up for the first Blues & Roots Festival in Kuala Lumpur. The festival was organized by the KL Jazz Club and Asia World Events in collaboration with University Malaya and supported by the KL International Jazz & Arts Festival. Despite the show scheduled to start at 6 pm, a group of about twenty of the audience came as early as 5 pm to see ace guitarist Chris Ong from Singapore.   Az Samad Opening the fest in the evening with a solo performance was guitarist-composer-educator Az Samad. A very hard working musician with an equally impressive website, Az has recorded with Grammy winners Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca; graduated and taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe and Asia; and appeared on 21 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as, “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric.” Playing an electric guitar, acoustic guitar and a ukulele, the highly versatile guitarist mesmerized the audience with Thelonious Monk’s Blue Monk, Angel Eyes, Bangsar Ukulele Blues, a Horace Silver tune titled Peace. He dedicated a song to his father, national laureate A. Samad Said who was present, a tune that had a mixture of blues and reggae titled Lagu Royalti Belum...
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