B.B. King in London

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B.B. King in London
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Studio album by
Released11 October 1971 (US)
19 November 1971 (UK)
RecordedJune 9–16, 1971
LabelABC (US)
Probe (UK)
ProducerEd Michell and Joe Zagarino
B.B. King chronology
Live in Cook County Jail
B.B. King in London
L.A. Midnight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
MusicHound Rock2/5[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

B.B. King in London is the nineteenth studio album by B.B. King recorded in London in 1971. He is accompanied by US session musicians and various British rock- and R&B musicians, including Ringo Starr, Alexis Korner and Rick Wright (not the same from Pink Floyd), as well as members of Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie, Greg Ridley, Steve Marriott, and Jerry Shirley.

The album was released in the United Kingdom on November 19, 1971 in order to coincide with the first date of King's tour of the country.[5]

Wright and his female companion Fritz started a short-lived blues-based band Sunrise which came to an end after Wright's untimely death in a car accident in 1974. Sunrise also included session blues guitarist Paul Asbell. John Lennon had announced that he would perform on some of the tracks, but ended up having no involvement with the album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Caldonia" (Fleecie Moore) -- 4:01
  2. "Blue Shadows" (Lloyd Glenn) -- 5:11
  3. "Alexis Boogie" (Alexis Korner) -- 3:30
  4. "We Can't Agree" (Wilhelmina Gray, Louis Jordan) -- 4:48
  5. "Ghetto Woman" (Dave Clark, B.B. King) -- 5:15
  6. "Wet Hayshark" (Gary Wright) -- 2:29
  7. "Part-Time Love" (Clay Hammond) -- 3:17
  8. "The Power of the Blues" (Pete Wingfield) -- 2:23
  9. "Ain't Nobody Home" (Jerry Ragovoy) -- 3:09


Recorded at Olympic Studios and Command Studios, London, England.


  1. ^ Dahl, Bill. B.B. King in London at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (1996). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2 ed.). Schirmer Trade Books. p. 631. ISBN 978-0-8256-7256-9. B.B. King in London is the usual pointless hook-the-blues-guy-up-with-well-meaning-rockers-who-love-him-but-can't-play-his-stuff-half-as-well-as-his-own-band exercise
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 451. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ "European Tour for B.B. King". Sounds. Spotlight Publications. 28 August 1971. p. 2.
  6. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076.
  7. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 105. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.

Alexis Korner discography ; https://web.archive.org/web/20160807110434/http://alexis-korner.net/akrak.html