BB King

BB King

Artist: Horace Panter
Medium: Archival Giclee on Heavy Paper
Edition: 150 prints worldwide

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Artist: Horace Panter
Medium: Archival Giclee on Heavy Paper
Edition: 150 prints worldwide

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Riley 'Blues Boy' King is one of the great blues survivors. Still playing - he did Glastonbury in 2011 aged 85 - he has made the Blues his life since he signed on at Memphis radio station WDIA in 1948. He made his first recordings a year later and hit paydirt at Christmas time 1951/52 with a version of Lowell Fulsom's 'Three 'O' Clock Blues'. The song has been a cornerstone of his show ever since. His constant touring schedule, his skill as a bandleader and his gracious nature meant he survived the Blues' 'lean years' until he was taken up by the new white audience in the 70's. 'The Elder Statesman of The Blues' is an epithet that fits him comfortably. He continues to play his trademark black Gibson 335 that he calls 'Lucille' - that's at the left of the print, mixed with a map of Mississippi with his birthplace, Indianola, somewhere between the 4th and 5th strings of the guitar. At the bottom of the print are some of the many songs in his enormous repertoire. Over the picture of radio station WDIA are lyrics to 'How Blue Can You Get?', the absolute show-stopper to any B.B. King show. For Horace, his voice is just as emotive as his guitar playing.