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B.B. King’s 5 Greatest Live Performances

The recordings that prove the blues legend was one of the greatest live performers in history

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UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: HAMMERSMITH ODEON Photo of BB KING, BB King performing at Hammersmith Odeon 5 May 1982 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)

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The essential B.B. King experience was always in concert. For much of his career, King played more than 300 shows a year, and though these performances adhered to a certain road-tested formula, every night offered some distinctive variation. Each of these five recordings — the best of many commercially available — presents a different aspect of what made a B.B. King show something special. (Also see our full King obituary and our definitive 1998 profile, On the Bus With B.B. King.)

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