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The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

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B.B. King: The Life Of Riley
18 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The legendary B.B. King - one of the last Mississippi bluesmen - died in May 2015 at the age of 89. This documentary was screened in 2012, and as far as possible in the time allotted takes a comprehensive look back at his life. It includes archive footage, and contributions from numerous contemporaries - musicians and others - including the man himself.

King visits his birthplace, reminisces about his childhood, and tells us a few things we might not have known including how he developed his particular guitar sound, that he once worked as a disc jockey, and that he broke into radio by writing a jingle for Pep-ti-kon.

All in all this is a well rounded documentary, what shines through most is his humility, something for which certain musicians are not exactly renowned.


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