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B.B.キング B.B. King (1925-2015)

アメリカのミュージシャン、ブルース・ギタリスト。本名はライリー・B・キング(Riley B. King)。King of Blues(ブルースの王様)として知られる伝説的ミュージシャンで、ローリング・ストーン誌の「最も偉大な100人のギタリスト」で6位、ギブソンの「歴代ギタリストTop50」で17位に選ばれ、ロックの殿堂入りも果たしている。

代表曲は、『3 O’clock Blues』『Every Day I Have the Blues』『Rock Me Baby』など。2015年5月14日に89歳で死去した。


B.B.キング 名言 1by Roland Godefroy/WikimediaCommons

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you

We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing so

The Blues was bleeding the same blood as me

If there was no ladies,I wouldn’t wanna be on the planet. Ladies, friends, & music, without those 3, I wouldn’t wanna be here

自分が作った曲でお気に入りはないね。だけど好きな曲は確かにある: ウィリー・ネルソンの『Always on My Mind』。彼のようにあの曲を歌えたなら、きっと毎晩歌っているはずさ。あの曲が語るストーリーが好きなんだ
I don’t have a favorite song that I’ve written. But I do have a favorite song: ‘Always on My Mind,’ the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing I every night. I like the story it tells

▼『Always on My Mind』、ウィリー・ネルソン

I never wanted to be like other blues singers. I might like hearing them play, but I’ve never wanted to be anyone other than myself. There are a few people that I’ve wished I could play like, but when I tried, it didn’t work

I started to like blues, I guess, when I was about 6 or 7 years old. There was something about it, because nobody else played that kind of music

I tried to connect my singing voice to my guitar an’ my guitar to my singing voice. Like the two was talking to one another

When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it will happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!

There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven’t yet done

I never use that word, retire


▼『The Thrill Is Gone』