Thus you're ninth listening assignment. This week we'll be looking at Blues legend B.B. King.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked B.B. King at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. It has been said: B.B. King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname 'The King of Blues', and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King). He is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. At the age of 87 King appears at 100 shows a year.
This week we'll be listening to "The Trill is Gone" by B.B. King.
Click Here To Listen To The Thrill Is Gone
Listen to the song and answer the following questions. You can answer these questions by posting in the comments section of the post, by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing them down and giving me your responses in class.
1. Name the artist and the song name.
2. List the instruments you hear.
3. Is it a solo, duet, small group or large group?
4. What does this song remind you of? (Sights, sounds, smells, etc.)
5a) Do you like this song?
5b) Please give a musical reason why or why not?