B.B. King

Blues in the blood

It is Monday, July 22, 2002. You are staying at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne for the second time. You have come here for a few days to see the town and catch some of the artists appearing at the 10th Blue Balls Festival. You yourself headlined a sell-out concert last Friday evening.

Despite your advancing years – you are almost eighty! – you still manage to wow your fans with pure blues. Not for nothing do the initials B.B. in your name stand for Blues Boy. You left school without finishing and went to work on a plantation, but that did not stop you quickly becoming one of the world's most influential blues guitarists and singer-songwriters.

You were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks you third amongst the greatest 100 guitarists of all time. Your first number one hit in the R&B charts was «3 O’clock Blues» back in 1951. Your second hit came in 1954: «Everyday I have the Blues» is one of the biggest selling blues songs of all time.

You have played alongside many other great musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Bono of U2 and Eric Clapton.