BB King Called This His Best Live Performance

BB King Called This His Best Live Performance


BB King - "How Blues Can You Get" - recorded live in 1973 at Sing Sing prison outside New York City.



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This was not the first time King had performed at a prison. The year previous, in 1971, he put on a concert at Chicago’s Cook County Jail. The resulting record made Rolling Stone’s 500 best albums list, though it didn’t merit the most favorable review from the magazine. Nonetheless, Allmusic pronounced it a “live album with some real sparks to it,” and “possibly the best live version of ‘The Thrill is Gone’ of all its many incarnations.” Hear it below and decide for yourself, and hear the full Cook County live album here.







Lyrics

I've been downhearted baby Ever since the day we met I said I've been downhearted baby Ever since the day we met Our love is nothing but the blues, woman Baby, how blue can you get?

You're evil when I'm with you And you are jealous when we're apart Yes, I said you're evil You're so evil when I'm with you, baby And you are jealous when we're apart How blue can you get, baby? The answer's is right here in my heart

I gave you a brand-new Ford You said I want a Cadillac I bought you a ten dollar dinner You said thanks for the snack I let you live in my penthouse You said it was just a shack I gave you seven children And now you want to give them back Yes, I've been downhearted baby Ever since the day we met I said our love is nothing but the blues Baby, how blue can you get?

Songwriters: Leonard Feather / Jane Feather


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