B.B. King


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The King Of The Blues!

Surely, there is no blues guitarist more famous than B.B. King? Not just well-known by the general public, B.B. King is held in the highest regard by his peers.

Legendary albums include Live At The Regal, Riding with the King (with Eric Clapton), and my personal favorite, B.B. King in London.

During his long career, B.B. picked up over 20 Grammies and numerous other Awards, all clearly well deserved!

B.B. King’s best known tunes include The Thrill Is Gone, Sweet Little Angel, Paying The Cost Yo Be The Boss, and When Love Comes To Town from U2’s live album Rattle and Hum.


Why is B.B. King’s guitar named Lucille?

Lucille is the name of B.B. King’s guitar for which he risked his life saving it from a fire.

The story goes that B.B. King frequently played a club where the only source of heat was to place an empty barrel in the middle of the dance floor, fill it with kerosene and set it alight.

Two men began fighting, knocking over the barrel and setting the wooden framed club on fire.
B.B. King ran back into the club to save his beloved guitar despite the dangers of falling burnt timber.

He later discovered that the two men were fighting over a girl named Lucille and decided to name his guitar after her as a reminder to never do anything as stupid ever again.


The Thrill Is Gone & Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

Perhaps his most famous tune, The Thrill Is Gone is a minor blues that seemingly represents the genre.

Being a blues standard, this is one of those songs that you can call at any jam and expect musicians to play it at the drop of a hat, even knowing the key without asking.

Another legendary song we find in Paying The Cost To Be The Boss, a 1968 single that became a signature song of B.B’s.

Known for his legendary licks, B.B. comes up with them as he uses his guitar to direct the band. His secret is that he’s a singer and a band leader, using his guitar as a conductor uses his baton.


B.B. King | Tunes


Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

B9 (Fm7b5 D#m7b5) | E9 (A#m7b5 G#m7b5) |
You act like you don’t wanna listen, when I’m talking to you.
B9 (Fm7b5 D#m7b5) | B9 |
You think you outta do baby, anything you wanna do.

Go to Paying The Cost To Be The Boss chords.


The Thrill Is Gone

Bm7 | Bm7 | Bm7 | Bm7 |
The thrill is gone, the thrill is gone away.
Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | Bm7 |
The thrill is gone baby, the thrill is gone away.

Go to The Thrill Is Gone chords.