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Buyer's Guide: BB King

With an incredible back catalogue and decades of service out on the road, it’s hard to know where to start with the songs of BB King. So here we present the ultimate selection...

RIDING WITH THE KING

Riding With The King, 2000

If Eric Clapton was ‘God’, BB King was The Big Bang. Clapton acknowledged the debt he owed to King in a statement issued shortly after his friend and hero’s death: “I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed”. King knew just how much Clapton respected him during his lifetime. 

“People praise me for playing guitar and I know [Eric is] number one,” he told Rolling Stone in 2000. “Of rock’n’roll guitarists, nobody plays better than he does, and he plays blues better than a lot of us. It’s been said many times, ‘Why don’t you and Eric do something together?’ Finally, he found the time, and here we are.”

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