Bonnie's Pride and Joy

Fansite with ALL the news about Bonnie !

Bonnie Raitt Remembers B.B. King: ‘He Was a God’
Singer-songwriter remembers her long friendship with the blues legend

on May 16, 2015 No comments
By David Browne

Blues guitarist B.B. King passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Here, Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to her friend, collaborator and inspiration.

B.B. was a god from the first time we all heard him. You listen to those early recordings with that cry in his voice, even as a young man. I still have the 45 of “Rock Me Baby” that I wore out playing when I was a teenager. I used to sit there and play it and move the needle back to the beginning and play it over and over. It’s so sexy and the groove is hellacious. A lot of people have covered that song, but that’s my favorite version. Every great blues guitarist has his own style. But with B.B., it was about his vibrato, his phrasing and the licks he chose — and his restraint. It was all about what he played and what he didn’t play. He was sweet and eloquent in his playing, but when he turned it on, he could be fierce.

© David Corio/Redferns/Getty
© David Corio/Redferns/Getty

B.B. King’s 5 Greatest Live Performances

My manager worked with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and B.B. was Buddy’s hero, so I got to go backstage and see B.B. when he was in and out of blues festivals. He was always very complimentary about my playing. He was always so gentle and humble and appreciative and he got a big kick out of the fact that all us young white kids got him. We became friends and later he would confide in me about his personal life and how he loved the ladies. To watch him backstage flirting with beautiful women was a delight. He loved his fans, but he enjoyed the company of kind and appreciative women. I always wished he’d had a steadfast and steady partner, but he was on the road so much. He could have retired years ago and cut his schedule back, but he told me he stayed on the road to be able to support his band and crew. He had a big band. I always wondered how he could afford it. He just worked all the time.

He was pretty happy, but I always wondered if he was a lonely guy. But I never asked him about that — I didn’t want to invade his space. He must have had some kind of pain in his life, but talk about overcoming whatever hardships he had.

When we recorded “Baby I Love You” [for the 1997 King duets album Deuces Wild], he had just played Dallas the night before and drove all night to get to the studio. He must have had two hours of sleep. But he was still such a champ. He was completely professional and said, “Whatever key you’d like.” He was so classy and so bold at the same time. He was an old-school Southern gentleman, but his playing was razor-sharp. I learned so much about dynamics from him.


Source: © Copyright Rolling Stone

0 0 votes
Article Rating

Related Posts

Take a look at these posts
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Cover for Bonnie's Pride and Joy
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Timeline photosBetter times. Just devastated by the loss of one of my heroes. RIP John. This photo with Bonnie from the Troubadours of Folk festival at UCLA, 5 June 1993. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Eric Brand

Bonnie Raitt: ‘Just Like That,’ Albums That Shaped Her, and Embracing Uncertainty | Apple Music ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

Comment on Facebook

1 month ago
Eric Brand

Congratulations to Bonnie Raitt on her Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 !! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

Comment on Facebook

1 month ago
Eric Brand

Bonnie Raitt – Made Up Mind ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

Comment on Facebook

1 month ago
Eric Brand

Congratulations to Blues Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt who was honored at last night's GRAMMYs with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“To be validated by my peers… it’s a very big celebration and I’m very grateful.” On being an inspiration and influence to other musicians, like Sheryl Crow who was inspired to play guitar after hearing Raitt play for the first time, she says “it’s hard for me to imagine because I still feel like I’m just starting out. It’s been 50 years, but you know people have been really kind. So many more women are playing lead guitar - Prince’s band, Beyonce’s band, all the late-night bands who have women musicians. It’s fantastic.”
... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Eric Brand

Bonnie Raitt ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

Comment on Facebook

Bonnie will be a presenter at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® this Sunday, April 3rd! Catch the broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network or stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Tune in to Music's Biggest Night®! ... See MoreSee Less

Bonnie will be a presenter at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® this Sunday, April 3rd! Catch the broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network or stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Tune in to Musics Biggest Night®!
2 months ago
Eric Brand

Photos from Bonnie Raitt's post ... See MoreSee Less

Image attachment
2 months ago
Eric Brand

New and exclusive Bonnie Raitt merch is now available for Fan Community members at bonnieraitt.com/members! You can access this shirt, along with other totes and sizes by logging into the member portal and heading to “Exclusive Merch.” The Fan Community is free and open for all to join. Check out the brand new, exclusive merchandise today! - BRHQ ... See MoreSee Less

Load more

Recommended Reading