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B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | May 2014 (USA)
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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Jon Brewer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator
B.B. King ... Himself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Albert King Albert King ... Himself, B. B. King's father (voice) (archive footage)
Lessie Mae Fair Lessie Mae Fair ... Herself
David Matthews David Matthews ... Himself
Sara Betty Lou Henson Sara Betty Lou Henson ... Herself
Bobby Bland ... Himself
John Cadillac Holden John Cadillac Holden ... Himself (as 'Cadillac' John Nolden)
Walter Trout Walter Trout ... Himself
Wayne Cartledge Wayne Cartledge ... Himself
Charles Evers Charles Evers ... Himself
Jo Cartledge Jo Cartledge ... Herself
Delcia Davis Delcia Davis ... Herself
Carver Randle Carver Randle ... Himself
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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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Cardinal Releasing | Official site

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UK | USA

Language:

English

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May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

BB King: A Vida de Riley See more »

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16:9 HD
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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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Spoonful Blues
Written by Charley Patton (as Charlie Patton)
Performed by Son House
Courtesy of EMI Music Ltd.
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B.B. King: The Life Of Riley
18 May 2015 | by a_baronSee 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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