Thursday, May 14, 2015

B.B. King: The Greatest Blues Guitarist In History

B.B. King
King Of The Blues

Belongs To The Ages

The Greatest Blues Guitarist In History

A King And His President

Today, the world lost a true music legend and icon. B.B. King is the greatest blues guitarist in history and he passed away today. B.B. King, commonly referred to as "The King Of The Blues" left behind an amazing career legacy that spanned seven decades. 

B.B. King is pictured below with his trademark guitar named Lucille by his side, with his trademark yellow gold Rolex President on his wrist. It's interesting to note B.B. King always wore his Rolex Day-Date in reverse, like the King of race car driving, Richard Petty, who wears his Daytona flipped around.

B.B. King's Rolex Day-Date almost looks like a bracelet from the front and his ring looks like a Rolex President bracelet style ring. Also, Peter who is a reader of Jake's Rolex Watch Blog pointed out (in the comments section) that B.B. King's guitar has two coronets on it that look very similar to the Rolex coronet/crown/logo. This could explain why B.B. King wore his Rolex Day-Date with the coronet where the watch usually goes!!!

B.B. King is posing below in 1949, at age 24 for a photo for his band named The Hooks Brothers.

In this next photo, we see B.B. King with Elvis Presley. 

"I remember Elvis as a young man, hanging around Sun Studio. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra's. I was a tremendous fan of Elvis, and had he lived, there would have been no limit to his inventiveness." –B.B. King.

In this next photo, we see B.B. King jamming with a young Eric Clapton. B.B. King inspired many generations of musicians with his amazing blues guitar style.

Live In Africa 1974

Today on Jake's Rolex World you are in for a real musical treat with the music videos below. So turn-up the volume and enjoy some of the best blues guitar you will ever hear. We begin with a full-length live concert which is incredible and shows B.B. King, perhaps at his best. You have to watch this!!!

When Love Comes To Town

In these next two videos we see John Mayer going off with B.B. King–both playing some very serious blues guitar!!!

Blues Brothers
Riding With The King

This next photo of the cover of Riding With The King is really cool with Clapton driving The King in an old Cadillac and Clapton is wearing a Rolex Explorer II. Eric Clapton is also a big Rolex collector and you can learn more about him in the Eric Clapton Rolex Story I wrote.

In these next two photos, we also see B. B. King wearing his trademark Yellow Gold Rolex Day-Date.

Below is the video of Riding With The King. What is cooler than Eric Clapton and B.B. King riding around in an old Caddy while they sing, while wearing Rolex watches!?!?

In this next video below, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan are all wearing Rolex watches and Eric Clapton is sporting his Paul Newman Daytona on a FatStrap.

In the video below we see an amazing BBC documentary on the Life & Times of B.B. King.

In what had to be a highlight of his career, we see B.B. King below singing "Sweet Home Chicago" with B.B. King, and many other stars.


PGross said...

Hi Jake,

Nice post about B.B. King.
Take a look at the first picture with Mr. B.B. King holding his guitar with the two "Rolex" coronets :-)

Kind regards

Peter Gross

Jake Ehrlich said...

Hi Peter,

That is a great point!!!!

Thanks for pointing it out.

Happy Holidays!!!