10 Legendary Acts That Wouldn't Exist Without B.B. King

From Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan, King's impact is large and undeniable

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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A voracious musical sponge, Jimi Hendrix absorbed B.B. King's urban blues alongside a panoply of more aggressive stylists. Hendrix covered "Every Day I Have the Blues" as a member of the Rocking Kings early in his career, and was known to turn up the bass on his amplifier to emulate King, whom he would interrogate for tips during run-ins on the package-tour circuit. Little Richard, with whom Hendrix played for several months, even criticized Hendrix for sounding too much like King. Leading his own trio, Hendrix would mimic B.B.'s sound by way of introducing King's "Rock Me Baby," and then took the Experience in another wild direction entirely. Yet "Hey Joe," the trio's hit single from Are You Experienced, is unimaginable without King's single-string inspiration, and Hendrix's unison guitar-vocal work in "Voodoo Chile" is straight out of King's playbook.

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