Throughout the 1990's as well as the 1980's, 1970's, 1960's and 1950's, there has been only one King of the Blues - Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940's, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965's definitive live blues album "Live At The Regal", and 1976's collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland, "Together For The First Time". Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise vocal like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy, his every note counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jeff Beck.
Want to see him play at the Fox in Oakland on February 28? We've got tickets! All you have to do to enter our contest is answer the following question:
When was BB King born?
Email us your answer and full name for Will Call to firstname.lastname@example.org and from all correct entries, we'll randomly select 1 winner for 1 pair of tickets each. Deadline to enter is Thursday, January 31 at 9am.
Value of each ticket: $65.50. You must be a California resident and 18 years or older to participate. Employees of KQED are not eligible to enter.