Sunday, February 21, 2010

B.B.KING - Lucille 1968

B.B.KING - Lucille 1968


The Biharis also recorded some of King's early output themselves, erecting portable recording equipment wherever they could locate a suitable facility. King's first national R&B chart-topper in 1951, "Three O'Clock Blues" (previously waxed by Lowell Fulson), was cut at a Memphis YMCA. King's Memphis running partners included vocalist Bobby Bland, drummer Earl Forest, and ballad-singing pianist Johnny Ace. When King hit the road to promote "Three O'Clock Blues," he handed the group, known as the Beale Streeters, over to Ace.

It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar "Lucille." Seems that while he was playing a joint in a little Arkansas town called Twist, fisticuffs broke out between two jealous suitors over a lady. The brawlers knocked over a kerosene-filled garbage pail that was heating the place, setting the room ablaze. In the frantic scramble to escape the flames, King left his guitar inside. He foolishly ran back in to retrieve it, dodging the flames and almost losing his life. When the smoke had cleared, King learned that the lady who had inspired such violent passion was named Lucille. Plenty of Lucilles have passed through his hands since.
Bass- David Allen 
Drums- Jesse Sailes
Guitar- Irving Ashby
Organ- Maxwell Davis
Piano- Lloyd Glenn
Saxophone- Bob McNeely (tracks: A2, B2 to B4) , Bobby Forte (tracks: A1, A3, A4, B1, B5) , Cecil McNeely (tracks: A2, B2 to B4)
Trombone- John Ewing (tracks: A2, B2 to B4)
Trumpet- Mel Moore (tracks: A2, B2 to B4)
A1. Lucille 10:10 
A2. You Move Me So 2:10 
A3. Country Girl 4:20 
A4. No Money No Luck 3:45   
B1. I Need Your Love 2:15  
B2. Rainin' All The Time 2:52 
B3. I'm With You 2:39 
B4. Stop Putting The Hurt On Me 2:55 
B5. Watch Yourself 6:00 


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