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!
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.