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May 2014 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

B.B. King ... Himself

Bruce Willis ... Himself

Carlos Santana ... Himself

Eric Clapton ... Himself

Bono ... Himself

Ron Wood ... Himself (as Ronnie Wood)

Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Bobby Bland ... Himself
Derek Trucks ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Boy Arnold ... Himself
George Benson ... Himself
Joe Bihari ... Himself
Joe Bonamassa ... Himself
Doyle Bramhall ... Himself
Jo Cartledge ... Herself
Wayne Cartledge ... Himself
Annie Clay ... Herself

Bill Cosby ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself
Delcia Davis ... Herself

Dr. John ... Himself
Sue King Evans ... Herself
Charles Evers ... Himself
John Fair ... Himself
Lessie Mae Fair ... Herself
Tina France ... Herself

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator / Himself
Demarcus Gillespie ... Young Riley B. King
Jessie Mae Golden ... Herself
Peter Green ... Himself

Buddy Guy ... Himself
Allan Hammons ... Himself
Sara Betty Lou Henson ... Herself
John Cadillac Holden ... Himself
Mick Hucknall ... Himself

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Lang ... Himself

John Lennon ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Stewart Levine ... Himself
Robert Lockwood ... Himself
David Matthews ... Himself
John Mayall ... Himself

John Mayer ... Himself
Ford Nelson ... Himself

Aaron Neville ... Himself

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
Calvin Owens ... Himself
Bernard Pretty Purdie ... Himself
Carver Randle ... Himself

Keith Richards ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul Rodgers ... Himself

Leon Russell ... Himself
Charles Sawyer ... Himself
Kenny Wayne Shepherd ... Himself

Slash ... Himself

Ringo Starr ... Himself
Bill Szymczyk ... Himself

Mick Taylor ... Himself
Susan Tedeschi ... Herself
James Toney ... Himself
LaVerne Toney ... Herself
Walter Trout ... Himself
Clemmie Truevellian ... Herself
Cato Walker III ... Himself
Polly Walker ... Herself

Joe Walsh ... Himself

Johnny Winter ... Himself
Ernest Withers ... Himself

Bill Wyman ... Himself

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michelle Obama ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sidney Poitier ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Brewer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
None None  writer

Produced by
Jon Brewer .... executive producer
Jon Brewer .... producer
Laura Brewer .... associate producer
Tina France .... executive producer
Harriet Hammond .... assistant producer (as Harriet Glynn)
Laura Royko .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Josh Gibson 
Matt Greenham 
Willie Mann  (as William Mann)
Jeff Smart 
 
Film Editing by
Andrij Evans 
Matt Greenham (off-line editor)
 
Makeup Department
Annah Yevelenko .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Frank Parker .... artwork
Mary Queen of Props .... props
 
Sound Department
Richard Kondal .... sound re-recording mixer
Stelios Koupetoris .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Andrij Evans .... on-line
Matt Greenham .... on-line
 
Music Department
Stanley Abernathy .... trumpet
James Bolden .... musical director
Tony Coleman .... drums
Charlie Dennis .... guitar
Melvin Jackson .... saxophone
Walter King .... saxophone
Reggie Richards .... bass
Ernest Vantrease .... keyboards
 
Transportation Department
Jimmy Barre .... driver
Alvin Morris .... driver
Dale Morse .... driver
Reggie Taylor .... driver
 
Other crew
Harriet Hammond .... researcher (as Harriet Glynn)
Allan Hammons .... researcher
 

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123 min | 119 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
John Mayall:I would say that Eric
[Clapton]
John Mayall:was most influenced by Freddie King's playing, Mick Taylor was most influenced by Albert King, and Peter Green was most definitely a B B King devotee
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B.B. King: The Life Of Riley, 18 May 2015
Author: a_baron from United Kingdom

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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