June 19, 2014
By Carolyn Gaines
LAWT Contributing Writer
King of Blues B.B. King had a short break from playing his 6 strings guitar, singing blues nightly to deliver a blues message to Los- Angeles Unified School Districts 3rd,4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Keep reading!!!
He answered two questions pertaining to blues and children:
1. What is B.B. King’s Greatest Love of All? He said, “my children, naturally.”
2. What message can you leave for African Kids not listening and learning Blues music today? He said, “I wish that kids would be interested in all kinds of music, and of course mine as well. But, I don’t think you should try to kick it down their throats. I feel that whatever it is you study-study hard.”
The 15 time GRAMMY award winner recorded over 150 albums during his career. King was given a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement” Award in 1987. His most celebrated 1970 Grammy Award for the “Thrill Is Gone” was his number one hit song. He was one of the first blues artists to purchase his tour bus in 1951.