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B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

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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