B.B. King discography

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B.B. King discography
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B.B. King in concert in Deauville, 1989.
Studio albums 43
Live albums 16
Singles 138

B.B. King's discography lists the recordings of B.B. King.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Original album
and alternate reissues
Company
/Subsidiary
Catalog # Peak chart positions Certifications
US US R&B US Jazz US Blues SWI
1956 Singin' the Blues Modern / Crown CLP-5020
1958 The Blues Modern / Crown CLP-5063
1959 B.B. King Wails
The Incredible Soul of B.B. King (LP, 1965)
I Love You So (LP, 1970)
Modern / Crown
Modern/Kent
United Superior
CLP-5115
KST-539
US-7711










Sings Spirituals
Swing Low Sweet Chariot (LP, 1970)
Modern / Crown
United Superior
CLP-5119
US-7721





1960 The Great B. B. King Modern / Crown CLP–5153
King of the Blues
Better than Ever (LP, 1966)
Modern / Crown
Modern / Kent
CLP-5167
KST-561





1961 My Kind of Blues Modern / Crown CLP-5188
More B.B. King
- Blues for Me (LP, 1970)
Modern / Crown
United Superior
CLP-5230
US-7708





1962 Twist With B.B. King Modern / Crown CLP-5248
Easy Listening Blues Modern / Crown CLP-5286
Blues in My Heart
- A Heart Full of Blues (LP, 1970)
Modern / Crown
United Superior
CLP-5309
US-7703





1963 B.B. King
- The Soul of B.B. King (LP, 1970)
Modern / Crown
United Superior
CLP-5359
US-7714





Mr. Blues ABC-Paramount 456
1966 Confessin' the Blues ABC-Paramount 528
1968 Blues on Top of Blues ABC / Bluesway BLS-6011 46
Lucille ABC / Bluesway BLS-6016 192
1969 Live & Well ABC / Bluesway BLS-6031 56 11 17
Completely Well ABC / Bluesway BLS-6037 38 5
1970 Indianola Mississippi Seeds ABC / MCA ABCS-713
MCAD-31343
26 8 7
1971 B.B. King in London ABC ABCX-730 57 15
1972 L.A. Midnight ABC ABCX-743 53 21
Guess Who ABC ABCX-759 65 14
1973 To Know You Is to Love You ABC ABCX-794 71 13
1974 Friends ABC ABCX-825 153 27
1975 Lucille Talks Back ABC ABCD-898
1977 King Size ABC AB-977 154 34
1978 Midnight Believer ABC AA-1061 124 27
1979 Take It Home MCA MCA-3151 112 22
1981 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere MCA MCA-5162 131 26
1982 Love Me Tender MCA MCA-5307 179 45
1983 Blues 'N' Jazz MCA MCA-5413 172 38 21
1984 Better Than Ever Kent Legendary Blues Label KLP-2003
1985 Six Silver Strings MCA MCA-5616 31 23
1986 Ambassador Of The Blues Crown GEM-001 Mono
1987 You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now Kent Legendary Blues Label KP-2004
1988 King of the Blues: 1989 MCA MCA-42183
1991 There Is Always One More Time MCA MCA-10295 76
1993 Blues Summit MCA MCA-10710 182 64 93
1995 Lucille & Friends MCA MCD-33008
1997 Deuces Wild MCA MCD-11711 73 1 33
1998 Blues on the Bayou MCA MCD-11879 186 2
1999 Let the Good Times Roll MCA 088 1120422 2
2000 Riding with the King Reprise Records 9 47612-2 3 3
  • AUS: Gold[2]
  • CAN: Platinum[1]
  • US: 2x Platinum
Makin' Love Is Good for You MCA 112 299-2 2
2001 A Christmas Celebration of Hope
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B.B. King (2003)
MCA 088112756-2
000070702
151 1
2003 Reflections MCA 000053202 165 2
2005 B.B. King & Friends: 80 Geffen B000526302 45 1 78
2008 One Kind Favor Geffen B0011791-02 37 1 78
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Blues US Jazz
1965 Live at the Regal 78
1967 The Kings' Jam (Live Bootleg) (with Jimi Hendrix Live from the Generation Club, NY)
1970 The Incredible Soul of B.B. King 193
1971 Live in Cook County Jail 25 1 3
1974 B.B. King and Bobby Bland Together for the First Time... Live 43 2
1976 Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again...Live 73 9
1980 Now Appearing at Ole Miss 162 45 21
1982 Royal Jam 144
1990 Live at San Quentin
1991 Live at the Apollo
1999 Live in Japan
2007 Forever Gold: B.B. King Live 11
2008 Live at the BBC 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notable compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
US R&B US US Rock UK
[3]
1951 "3 O'Clock Blues" 1 N/A
1952 "Shake It Up and Go"
"Story from My Heart and Soul" 9
1953 "Woke Up This Morning" 3
"Please Love Me" 1
"Please Hurry Home" 4
1954 "The Woman I Love" 31
"When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer" 8
"You Upset Me Baby" 1
1955 "Sneaking Around" 14
"Every Day I Have the Blues"[4] 8 Singin' the Blues
"Ten Long Years"[5] 9
1956 "Crying Won't Help You" 15
"Sweet Little Angel" 6
"Bad Luck"[6] 3
1957 "I Want to Get Married" 14 N/A
"Troubles, Troubles, Troubles"[7] 13
"Be Careful with a Fool"[8] 95
1958 "Please Accept My Love" 9
"You've Been an Angel"[9] 16
1959 "Sugar Mama"
1960 "Sweet Sixteen, Pt. I" 2
"Walking Dr. Bill" 23 My Kind of Blues
1961 "Someday" 16
"Peace of Mind"[10] 7 More
1962 "My Sometime Baby" 24 Blues in My Heart
1963 "The Road I Travel" Sings Spirituals
1964 "How Blue Can You Get" (ABC) 21 97[11] Blues in My Heart
"You're Gonna Miss Me" (Kent) 107
"Beautician Blues" 15 82 Rock Me Baby
"Help the Poor" (ABC) 24 98[11]
"The Worst Thing in My Life" (Kent)
"Rock Me Baby" 12 34[11]
"Never Trust a Woman" 29 90[11] N/A
"Please Send Me Someone to Love" Confessin' the Blues
1965 "I Need You"
"Blue Shadows" (Kent) 25 97 Rock Me Baby
1966 "Eyesight to the Blind" 31
"Ain't Nobody's Business" N/A
"Don't Answer the Door, Pt. I" (ABC) 2 72 Blues Is King
"I Stay in the Mood" (Kent) 45
"Waitin' for You" (ABC)
1967 "It's a Mean World" (Kent) 49 N/A
"The Jungle" 17 94 The Jungle
1968 "I Don't Want You Cuttin' Off Your Hair" (Bluesway) His Best – The Electric B. B. King
"Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" (Bluesway) 10 39
"I'm Gonna Do What They Do to Me" 26 74 Blues on Top of Blues
"The B. B. Jones" 98 His Best – The Electric B. B. King
"You Put It on Me"[12] 25 82
"The Woman I Love" 31 94
1969 "I Want You So Bad" 34 127 Live & Well
"Get Off My Back Woman"[13] 32 74
"Why I Sing the Blues" 13 61
"Just a Little Love" 15 76
1970 "The Thrill Is Gone" 3 15 Completely Well
"So Excited" 14 54
"Hummingbird" 25 48 Indianola Mississippi Seeds
"Worried Life" 48
"Ask Me No Questions" (ABC) 18 40
"Chains and Things" 6 45
1971 "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother"
"Help the Poor" (re-recording) 36 90 L.A. Midnight
"Ghetto Woman" 25 68 N/A
"The Evil Child" 34 97
1972 "Sweet Sixteen" (re-recording) 37 93 L.A. Midnight
"I Got Some Help I Don't Need" 28 92
"Ain't Nobody Home" 28 46 B. B. King in London
"Guess Who" 21 62 Guess Who
1973 "To Know You Is to Love You" 12 38 To Know You Is to Love You
1974 "I Like to Live the Love" 6 28
"Who Are You" 27 78
"Philadelphia" 19 64 Friends
1975 "My Song"
"Friends"[14] 34
1976 "Let the Good Times Roll" 20 101 Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again...Live
1977 "Slow and Easy" 88 King Size
1978 "Never Make a Move Too Soon" 19 102 Midnight Believer
"I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone" 90
1979 "Better Not Look Down" 30 110 Take It Home
1981 "There Must Be a Better World Somewhere" 91 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
1985 "Into the Night" 15 107 Six Silver Strings
"Big Boss Man" 62
1988 "When Love Comes to Town" (with U2) 68 2[15] 6 Rattle and Hum
1992 "The Blues Come Over Me" 63 There is Always One More Time
"Since I Met You Baby" (with Gary Moore) 59 After Hours
2000 "Riding with the King" (with Eric Clapton) 26 Riding with the King
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2001 "Three O'Clock Blues" (with Jimmy Smith) Dot Com Blues[16]
2010 "The Thrill Is Gone" (with Stevie Wonder) The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts[17]
2012 "Praying Man" (with Big K.R.I.T.) Live from the Underground
2014 "On the Way" The Art of McCartney[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gold and Platinum Search
  2. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums Archived June 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums 19th Edition. HIT Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Everyday I Have the Blues" was the b-side to "Sneaking Around."
  5. ^ "Ten Long Years" was the b-side to "What Can I Do (Just Sing the Blues)."
  6. ^ "Bad Luck" was the b-side to "Sweet Little Angel."
  7. ^ "Troubles, Troubles, Troubles" was the b-side to "I Want to Get Married."
  8. ^ "Be Careful with a Fool" was the b-side to "(I'm Gonna) Quit My Baby."
  9. ^ "You've Been an Angel" was the b-side to "Please Accept My Love."
  10. ^ "Peace of Mind" was the b-side of "Someday Baby."
  11. ^ a b c d Billboard Magazine did not publish an R&B Singles chart between November 1963 and January 1965.
  12. ^ "You Put It On Me" was the b-side of "The B.B. Jones."
  13. ^ "Get Off My Back Woman" was the b-side of "I Want You So Bad."
  14. ^ "Friends" was the b-side of "My Song."
  15. ^ "When Love Comes to Town" was the first B.B. King single to chart on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
  16. ^ "Dot Com Blues". Allmusic. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  17. ^ "The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts (4CD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  18. ^ Grow, Kory. "Paul McCartney Tribute Comp: Bob Dylan, Kiss and More Cover the Beatle". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-05-15.