A Night of Kings

This is a Michael Jackson blog and usually all my topics are focused on MJ but, every so often, a death occurs in the music world so huge that I must take a step back long enough to acknowledge their accomplishments. Like Michael, B.B. King was a global icon whose music genuinely transcended time and genres. It doesn’t matter if one is into blues, rock, pop, jazz, or country, everyone knew the name B.B. King. Tonight, as the world mourns the loss of our great blues legend B.B. King I thought it only fitting to go back in time to 1985 and a very special concert that not only featured James Brown and B.B. King on the same stage, but also Michael in a very surprise guest appearance. Well, sort of. It turns out Michael had been secretly in the audience all along. I’m not sure if it was a genuine surprise for him when James Brown called him up-he seemed to take it all in very cool stride-but it sure made for some impromptu fun!

Michael Is Called Out, The New Rising King, To Come Onstage
Michael Is Called Out, The New Rising King, To Come Onstage

Luckily, I was able to find a clip of the entire performance. What a truly magical night-The King of Blues, The King of Soul and The King of Pop (albeit all too briefly) sharing the same stage!

Another great performance from the man who still had “it” well into his 80’s:

RIP B.B. King. You and the sweet notes of Lucille will be sorely missed by all of us who love great music.

6 thoughts on “A Night of Kings”

  1. Awh, thanks so much Raven! Just gimme a heaping’ plate of good ole’ toe-tappin’, hand-clappin’ blues and I’m happy. B B King was the best!

    The Blues Thriller’s gone but he’ll never be forgotten. Another great takes his rightful place in that “band of bands” in Heaven. I’m sure Michael and James welcomed him home and if you listen real close on a soft, quiet night, gazing up in the heavens, you’ll hear Michael’s velvety voice and unforgettable laugh, James’ rocking’ “Hey, I feel good”, and B B just keeping rhythm with them with his beloved Lucille. God, we were blessed, weren’t we?

    1. It seems as if Heaven is getting richer while we on Earth are getting poorer, doesn’t it? So many greats have passed on. I used to say that there will always be new, up and coming talent to replace them but I’m a lot more pessimistic about that these days. The times that created true superstars and pioneers in music are over. Or perhaps we are just living in a very dull era between zeitgeists (which I hope is the case).

  2. Thanks so much, Raven. I had found this show on DVD and purchased it, thinking it might yield better quality than the clips I’d been seeing on YouTube. As it turned out, the DVD had technical glitches in the very spot where MJ is invited to the stage!

    B.B. King is an amazing musician; he’ll be sorely missed.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I saw that DVD on Amazon and wondered if it was worth purchasing. Sometimes those end up being really bad quality if they are not professionally released products.

  3. Thanks so much for the video Raven.
    I had seen bits and pieces of it and this was one of Michaels performances that I had on repeat for weeks after his death when the reality of it wouldnt sink in. But I had never seen the complete show. What a gem !
    I wish Michael had lived to the ages of JB and BBKing , both of them performed practically till the end.
    As a vegetarian I loved it when BB King was asked how come he is a vegetarian and he is so big and he answered something like ‘elephants are vegetarians too’.
    RIP King .

  4. Has anyone heard from any of the younger Jacksons? I can’t wait to see the new generation of Jacksons. I saw this Jackson performing in China. He is really good and looks like our beloved michael. Here is the video.

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