Nel post di oggi ho voluto ricordare il leggendario B.B. King, scomparso 4 anni fa. Nell’articolo troverete una breve biografia, con il testo ed il video del brano “Lucille”.
Ricordando B.B. King.
B. B. King, nome d’arte di Riley B. King (Itta Bena, 16 settembre 1925 – Las Vegas, 14 maggio 2015), è stato un chitarrista e cantante statunitense.
Con una lunghissima carriera, è stato uno dei più importanti esponenti del blues della seconda parte del XX secolo e del XXI. Con la sua “Lucille”, una chitarra Gibson ES-335 custom, è diventato un’icona stessa del genere musicale già a partire dagli anni cinquanta.
Ha vinto 14 volte il Grammy. Nella rivista Rolling Stone è posto come sesto miglior chitarrista di tutti i tempi (Lista dei 100 migliori chitarristi secondo Rolling Stone).(Fonte Wikipedia)
Personalmente ho sempre adorato, sia la voce che la tecnica musicale di King, caratterizzata da note lunghe e suono “caldo”. Va ricordato che è stato il primo chitarrista ad usare il vibrato, ma con una tecnica particolare, chiamata hummingbird, inoltre non ha mai fato uso di accordi d’accompagnamento.
Lucille è un album in studio del bluesman B.B. King, pubblicato nel 1968. È intitolato con lo stesso nome con cui chiama la sua chitarra, una Gibson ES-335 nera. (Fonte Wikipedia)
Testo: B.B. King – Lucille
The sound that you’re listening to
Is from my guitar that’s named Lucille
I’m very crazy about Lucille, Lucille took me from the plantation
Or you might say, brought me fame
I don’t think I could just talk enough about Lucille
Sometime when I’m blue seem like Lucille try to help me call my name
I used to sing spirituals and I thought that this
Was the thing that I wanted to do
But somehow or other When I went in the army I picked up on Lucille, and started the singing blues
Well, now when I’m paying my dues,
Maybe you don’t know what I mean when I say paying dues, I mean when things are bad with me
I can always, I can always, you know like, depend on Lucille
Sort of hard to talk to you myself
I guess I’ll let Lucille say a few words and then
You know, I doubt if you can feel it like I do
But when I think about the things that I’ve gone through,
Like, well for instance, if I have a girlfriend and she misuses me,
And I go home at night, maybe I’m lonely
Well not maybe, I am lonely, I pick up Lucille
And it bring out those funny sounds that sound good to me, you know?
Sometime I get to the place where I can’t even say nothing
Sometime I think it’s crying
You know, if I could sing pop tunes like Frank Sinatra or,
Sammy Davis Junior, I don’t think I still could do it,
‘Cause Lucille don’t wanna play nothing but the blues
And I think I’m, I think I’m pretty glad about that
‘Cause don’t nobody sing to me like Lucille
Well, I’ll put it like this, take it easy, Lucille
I like the way Sammy sings and I like the way Frank sings,
But I can get a little Frank, Sammy,
A little Ray Charles, in fact all the people with soul in this
A little Mahalia Jackson in there
One more, Lucille!
Take it easy now, ah!
You know, I imagine a lot of you wanna know,
A lot of you wanna know why I call the guitar Lucille
Lucille has practically saved my life two or three times
No kidding, it really has
I remember once I was in an automobile accident, and
When the car stopped turning over, it fell over on Lucille,
And it held it up off me, really, it held it up off me
So that’s one time it saved my life
The way, the way I came by the name of Lucille,
I was Over in Twist, Arkansas, I know you’ve never heard of that one, have you?
And one night the guys started a ball over there, you know, started brawling, you know what I mean
And the guy that was mad with his old lady,
When she fell over on this gas tank that was burning for heat,
The gas ran all over the floor
And when the gas ran all over the floor, the building
Caught on fire, and almost burned me up trying to save Lucille
Oh I, I imagine you’re still wondering why I call it Lucille
The lady that started that brawl that night was named Lucille
And that’s been Lucille ever since to me
One more now, Lucille
Sounds pretty good to me. Can I do one more?
Look out, Lucille
Sounds pretty good. I think I’ll try one more
Video Youtube : B.B. King – Lucille
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