May 15, 2015

20,000 Vinyl LPs 39: B. B. King ~ Indianola Mississippi Seeds

cover design by Lockart 
cover photo by Ivan Nagy
photo of cover by Styrous®

I woke up this morning to discover that B. B. King died last night, May 14, 2014. King was my favorite blues musician and my favorite album of his was Indianola Mississippi Seeds. The back up on the album is phenomenal! It included Joe Walsh and Hugh McCracken on Guitar, Carole King on Piano, Russ Kunkel on Drums and many others (full credits below).  

it's a gatefold album

cover design by Lockart 
front & back photos by Ivan Nagy
photo of cover by Styrous®

B. B. King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925, on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, but he considered the nearby city of Indianola, Mississippi to be his true home. 

He sang in the choir and one source says when he was 12 he purchased his first guitar for $15.00.  Another source says he was given his first guitar by Bukka White, his mother's first cousin (King's grandmother and White's mother were sisters).   

In 1949, King began recording songs with RPM Records. His early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records

Following his first Billboard Rhythm and Blues charts number one, 3 O'Clock Blues (February 1952), B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music in the 1950s, with an impressive list of hits: You Know I Love You, Woke Up This Morning, Please Love Me, When My Heart Beats like a Hammer, Whole Lotta Love, You Upset Me Baby, Every Day I Have the Blues, Sneakin' Around, Ten Long Years, Bad Luck, Sweet Little Angel, On My Word of Honor, and Please Accept My Love. This led to a significant increase in his weekly earnings, from about $85 to $2,500, with appearances at major venues such as the Howard Theater in Washington and the Apollo in New York, as well as touring the entire "Chitlin' circuit".       - From Wikipedia

He was the opening act for the Rolling Stones on the Stones' 1969 American Tour and won a Grammy Award in 1970 for the song, The Thrill Is Gone (my very favorite of all his songs).        

In 1980 Gibson Guitar Corporation launched the B.B. King Lucille model. In 2005 Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson Lucilles, referred to as the "80th Birthday Lucille", the first prototype of which was given as a birthday gift to King, and which he had used ever since.

B. B. King with his favorite guitar, Lucille
March 12, 2009
photo by F. AntolĂ­n Hernandez

King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and in 1988, he collaborative with the Irish band U2 on the single, When Love Comes to Town, a song on the U2 album, Rattle and Hum.    

On December, 1997, he performed in the Vatican's fifth annual Christmas concert and presented his trademark guitar "Lucille " to Pope John Paul II.  

In 2000, he and Eric Clapton teamed up to record Riding With the King, which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

In 2006, King went on a "farewell" world tour, the quotes are apropos. He never stopped working until last night.   

On February 21, 2012, United States President Barack Obama joined King in singing Sweet Home Chicago during the In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues concert for the Black History Month celebration of blues music in the East Room of the White House. 
from left: Barack Obama,
 photo by Pete Souza

B. B. King was 89 years old. He once said, “But people that would ask me to sing a blues song would always tip me and maybe give me a beer. They always would do something of that kind. Sometimes I’d make 50 or 60 dollars one Saturday afternoon. Now you know why I’m a blues singer.”

photo by Styrous®

Track listing:

All songs written by B. B. King, except where noted.

         Side 1:  
  1. "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" — 1:26
    • B. B. King — piano & vocal
  2. "You're Still My Woman" (B. B. King/Dave Clark) — 6:04
  3. "Ask Me No Questions" — 3:08
    • B. B. King — guitar & vocal
    • Leon Russell – piano
    • Joe Walsh – rhythm guitar
    • Bryan Garofalo — bass
    • Russ Kunkel — drums
  4. "Until I'm Dead and Cold" — 4:45
    • B. B. King — guitar & vocal
    • Carole King — piano
    • Bryan Garofalo — bass
    • Russ Kunkel — drums
  5. "King's Special" — 5:13
    • B. B. King — lead guitar
    • Leon Russell – piano
    • Joe Walsh – rhythm guitar
    • Bryan Garofalo — bass
    • Russ Kunkel — drums

    Side 2:  

  6. "Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore" — 5:18
    • B. B. King — guitar & vocal
    • Carole King — piano & electric piano
    • Bryan Garofalo — bass
    • Russ Kunkel — drums
  7. "Chains and Things" (B. B. King & Dave Clark) — 4:53
    • B.B. King — guitar & vocal
    • Carole King — electric piano
    • Bryan Garofalo — bass
    • Russ Kunkel — drums
  8. "Go Underground" (B. B. King & Dave Clark) — 4:00
    The Hit Factory, New York City
  9. "Hummingbird" (Leon Russell) — 4:36







  • Cover design — Lockart
  • Photography — Ivan Nagy
  • Management — Sidney A. Seidenberg
  • Leon Russell appears with love from Shelter Records
  • Carole King & Merry Clayton appear through the courtesy of Ode 70 Records
  • Congratulations to Albert and Nora on your son Riley, September 16, 1925

    Label: ABC Records ‎– ABCS-713
    Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: US
    Released: 1970
    Genre: Blues
    Style: Chicago Blues

Companies etc.:



B3 engineered at the Hit Factory, New York City

Barcode and Other Identifiers:

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ABCS 713 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ABCS 713 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, Etched): ABC S-713-A 1B B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, Etched): ABCS-713-B 1C

B. B. King Discography   


Links to songs from the Indianola Mississippi Seeds album on YouTube   

The thrill will never go.

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