B.B. King discography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from B. B. King discography)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
B.B. King discography
BBKing07.JPG
B.B. King in concert in Deauville, 1989.
Studio albums43
Live albums16
Singles138

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

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

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










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





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





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





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





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





Mr. Blues
1966 Confessin' the Blues
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC-Paramount (528)
  • Format:
1968 Blues on Top of Blues 46
Lucille
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC / Bluesway (BLS-6016)
  • Format:
192
1969 Live & Well
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC / Bluesway (BLS-6031)
  • Format:
56 11 17
Completely Well
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC / Bluesway (BLS-6037)
  • Format:
38 5
1970 Indianola Mississippi Seeds
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCS-713) / MCA (MCAD-31343)
  • Format:
26 8 7
1971 B.B. King in London
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCX-730)
  • Format:
57 15
1972 L.A. Midnight
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCX-743)
  • Format:
53 21
Guess Who
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCX-759)
  • Format:
65 14
1973 To Know You Is to Love You
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCX-794)
  • Format:
71 13
1974 Friends
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCX-825)
  • Format:
153 27
1975 Lucille Talks Back
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (ABCD-898)
  • Format:
1977 King Size
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (AB-977)
  • Format:
154 34
1978 Midnight Believer
  • Released:
  • Label: ABC (AA-1061)
  • Format:
124 27
1979 Take It Home
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-3151)
  • Format:
112 22
1981 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-5162)
  • Format:
131 26
1982 Love Me Tender
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-5307)
  • Format:
179 45
1983 Blues 'N' Jazz
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-5413)
  • Format:
172 38 21
1984 Better Than Ever
  • Released:
  • Label: Kent Legendary Blues Label (KLP-2003)
  • Format:
1985 Six Silver Strings
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-5616)
  • Format:
31 23
1988 King of the Blues: 1989
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-42183)
  • Format:
1991 There Is Always One More Time
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-10295)
  • Format:
76
1993 Blues Summit
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCA-10710)
  • Format:
182 64 93
1994 Heart to Heart
  • Released:
  • Label: GRP (GRD-9767)
  • Format: CD, Cassette
6
1995 Lucille & Friends
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCD-33008)
  • Format:
1997 Deuces Wild
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCD-11711)
  • Format:
73 1 33
1998 Blues on the Bayou
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (MCD-11879)
  • Format:
186 2
1999 Let the Good Times Roll
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (088 1120422)
  • Format:
2
2000 Riding with the King 3 3
  • AUS: Gold[2]
  • CAN: Platinum[1]
  • US: 2x Platinum
Makin' Love Is Good for You
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (112 299-2)
  • Format:
2
2001 A Christmas Celebration of Hope
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B.B. King (2003)
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (088112756-2)
    (000070702)
  • Format:
151 1
2003 Reflections
  • Released:
  • Label: MCA (000053202)
  • Format:
165 2
2005 B.B. King & Friends: 80
  • Released:
  • Label: Geffen (B000526302)
  • Format:
45 1 78
2008 One Kind Favor
  • Released:
  • Label: Geffen (B0011791-02)
  • Format:
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]

Year Album
1968 His Best – The Electric B. B. King
1973 The Best of B.B. King
1983 Why I Sing the Blues
1986 Ambassador Of The Blues (UK & Europe Only)
1987 You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
1992 King of the Blues
My Sweet Little Angel
1995 Lucille & Friends
Jazz & Blues Collection
1998 Greatest Hits
1999 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of B.B. King
His Definitive Greatest Hits
2005 The Ultimate Collection
2007 The Best of the Early Years
2012 Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King

Singles[edit]

Year Title Single information Peak chart position Album
US R&B US US Rock UK
[3]
1949 "Miss Martha King"

c/w "When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes"

  • Bullet Records
  • "Miss Martha King" - 309-A
  • "When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes" - 309-B
N/A
"Got the Blues"

c/w "Take a Swing with Me"

  • Bullet Records
  • "Got the Blues" - 315-A
  • "Take a Swing with Me - 315-B
1950 "Mistreated Woman"

c/w "B.B. Boogie"

  • September 1950
  • RPM
  • "Mistreated Woman" - 304A-MM-1404
  • "B.B. Boogie" - 304B-MM-1405
"Walkin' and Cryin'"

c/w "The Other Night Blues"

  • c. December 1950
  • RPM
  • "Walkin' and Cryin'" - 311A-MM-1439-1
  • "The Other Night Blues" - 311B-MM-1438-2
1951 "Don't You Want a Man Like Me"

c/w "My Baby's Gone"

  • c. June 1951
  • RPM
  • "Don't You Want a Man Like Me" - 318A-1470
  • "My Baby's Gone" - 318B-1469
"B.B.'s Blues"

c/w "She's Dynamite"

  • c. June 1951
  • RPM
  • "B.B.'s Blues" - 323
  • "She's Dynamite" - 323
"She's a Mean Woman"

c/w "Hard Workin' Woman

  • September 1951
  • RPM
  • "She's a Mean Woman" - 330-1604
  • "Hard Workin' Woman - 330-1605
"3 O'Clock Blues"

b/w "That Ain't the Way to Do It" (from The Blues")

  • December 1951
  • RPM
  • "3 O'Clock Blues" - 339-1682
  • "That Ain't the Way to Do It" - 339-1683
1 Singin' the Blues
1952 "Fine Lookin' Woman"

c/w "She Don't Move Me No More"

  • c. March-April 1952
  • RPM
  • "Fine Lookin' Woman" - 348-1491
  • "She Don't Move Me No More" - 348-1752
N/A
"Shake It Up and Go"

c/w "My Own Fault, Darlin'" (re-recorded for My Kind of Blues)

  • c. April-July 1952
  • RPM
  • "Shake It Up and Go" - 355-1805
  • "My Own Fault, Darlin'" - 355-1806
"Some Day Some Where"

c/w "Gotta Find My Baby"

  • c. July 1952
  • RPM
  • "Some Day Some Where" - 360-1843
  • "Gotta Find My Baby" - 360-1844
"You Know I Love You"

c/w "You Didn't Want Me" (non-album track)

  • c. August 1952
  • RPM
  • "You Know I Love You" - 363-1865
  • "You Didn't Want Me" - 363-1866
Singin' the Blues
"Story from My Heart and Soul"

c/w "Boogie Woogie Woman" (from The Blues)

  • December 1952
  • RPM
  • "Story from My Heart and Soul" - 374-1924
  • "Boogie Woogie Woman" - 374-1925
9 N/A
1953 "Woke Up This Morning" (My Baby She Was Gone)

c/w "Don't Have to Cry" ("Past Day" from The Blues)

  • March 1953
  • RPM
  • "Woke Up This Morning" - 380-1940
  • "Don't Have to Cry" - 380-1941
3 Singin' the Blues
"Please Love Me"

c/w "Highway Bound" (non-album track)

  • June 1953
  • RPM
  • "Please Love Me" - 380-1960
  • "Highway Bound" - 380-1961
1
"Please Hurry Home"

c/w "Neighborhood Affair"

  • August 1953
  • RPM
  • "Neighborhood Affair" - 391-2014
  • "Please Hurry Home" - 391-2015
4 N/A
"Blind Love"

c/w "Why Did You Leave Me"

  • November 1953
  • RPM
  • "Why Did You Leave Me" - 395-2024
  • "Please Hurry Home" - 395-2025
Singin' the Blues
1954 "Please Help Me"

c/w "Praying to the Lord"

  • February 1954
  • RPM
  • 403
N/A
"Love You Baby"/
  • April 1954
  • RPM
  • "Love You Baby" - 408-2069
  • "The Woman I Love" - 408-2070
"The Woman I Love" 31 B.B. King Wails
"Everything I Do Is Wrong"

c/w "Don't You Want a Man Like Me" (from The Blues)

  • June 1954
  • RPM
  • "Everything I Do Is Wrong" - 411-2090
  • "Don't You Want a Man Like Me" - 411-2091
N/A
"Bye! Bye! Baby"/
  • July 1954
  • RPM
  • "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer" - 412-2100
  • "Bye! Bye! Baby" - 412-2101
"When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer" 8 The Blues
"You Upset Me Baby"

c/w "Whole Lotta Love"(later appeared on The Great B.B. King)

  • September 1954
  • RPM
  • "You Upset Me Baby" - 416-2121
  • "Whole Lotta Love" - 416-2122
1 Singin' the Blues
1955 "Every Day I Have the Blues"[4]/
  • January 1955
  • RPM
  • "Sneakin' Around" - 421-2139
  • "Every Day I Have the Blues" - 421-2140
8 Singin' the Blues
"Sneakin' Around" 14 The Great B.B. King
"Lonely and Blue"

c/w Jump with You Baby"

  • April 1955
  • RPM
  • "Lonely and Blue" - 425-2062
  • "Jump with You Baby" - 425-2063
N/A
"I'm in Love"

c/w "Shut Your Mouth" (from More B.B. King)

  • June 1955
  • RPM
  • "Shut Your Mouth" - 430-2188
  • "I'm in Love" - 430-2189
"Talkin' the Blues"

c/w "Boogie Rock"

  • July 1955
  • RPM
  • "Talkin' the Blues" - 435-2206
  • "Boogie Rock" - 435-2207
N/A
"Ten Long Years"[5]c/w "What Can I Do" (from The Blues)
  • September 1955
  • RPM
  • "What Can I Do" - 437-2212
  • "Ten Long Years" - 437-2213
9 Singin' the Blues
"I'm Cracking Up Over You"

c/w "Ruby Lee" (from The Blues)

  • November 1955
  • RPM
  • "I'm Cracking Up Over You" - 450-2264
  • "Ruby Lee" - 450-2265
N/A
"Crying Won't Help You"

c/w "Can't We Talk It Over" (non-album track) and "16 Tons" (non-album track) on different releases

  • December 1955
  • RPM
  • "16 Tons" - 451-2268
  • "Crying Won't Help You" - 451-2269
  • "Can't We Talk It Over" - 451-2270
15 Singin' the Blues
1956 "Let's Do the Boogie"

c/w "Did You Ever Love a Woman" (from Singin' the Blues)

  • March 1956
  • RPM
  • "Let's Do the Boogie" - 457-2281
  • "Did You Ever Love a Woman" - 457-2282
N/A
"Dark Is the Night (Part I)"

c/w "Dark Is the Night (Part II)"

  • May 1956
  • RPM
  • "Part I" - 459-3006
  • "Part II" - 459-3007
"Sweet Little Angel"/
  • July 1956
  • RPM
  • "Sweet Little Angel" - 468-3057
  • "Bad Luck" - 468-3058
6 Singin' the Blues
"Bad Luck"[6] 3
"On My Word of Honor"

c/w "Bim Bam"

  • November 1956
  • RPM
  • "On My Word of Honor" - 479-3084
  • "Bim Bam" - 479-3085
N/A
1957 "Early in the Morning"

c/w "You Don't Know" (non-album track)

  • January 1957
  • RPM
  • "Early in the Morning" - 486-3123
  • "You Don't Know" - 486-3124
The Blues
"How Do I Love You"

c/w "You Can't Fool My Heart"

  • March 1957
  • RPM
  • "How Do I Love You" - 490-3139
  • "You Can't Fool My Heart" - 490-3140
N/A
"I Want to Get Married"/
  • April 1957
  • RPM
  • "I Want to Get Married" - 492-3151
  • "Troubles, Troubles, Troubles" - 492-3152
14 The Blues
"Troubles, Troubles, Troubles"[7] 13
"Quit My Baby"/
  • June 1957
  • RPM
  • "Quit My Baby" - 494-3163
  • "Be Careful with a Fool" - 494-3164
The Great B.B. King
"Be Careful with a Fool"[8] 95
"I Wonder"

c/w "I Need You So Bad"

  • September 1957
  • RPM
  • "I Wonder" - 498-3173
  • "I Need You So Bad" - 498-3174
N/A
"The Key to My Kingdom"

c/w "My Heart Belongs to Only You"

  • November 1957
  • RPM
  • "The Key to My Kingdom" - 501-3179
  • "My Heart Belongs to Only You" - 501-3180
1958 "Why Do Everything Happen to Me"

c/w "You Know I Go for You"

  • March 1958
  • Kent
  • "You Know I Go for You" - 301-1
  • "Why Do Everything Happen to Me" - 301-2
The Blues
"Don't Look Now, But I've Got the Blues"

c/w "Days of Old" (from The Great B.B. King)

  • July 1958
  • Kent
  • "Don't Look Now, But I've Got the Blues" - 307-1
  • "Days of Old" - 307-2
N/A
"Please Accept My Love"
  • October 1958
  • Kent
  • "Please Accept My Love" - 315-1
  • "You've Been an Angel" - 315-2
9
"You've Been an Angel"[9] 16
1959 "I Am"

c/w "Worry Worry"

  • February 1959*
  • Kent
  • "I Am" - 317-1
  • "Worry Worry" - 317-2
"Come by Here"

c/w "The Fool"

  • April 1959
  • Kent
  • "Come by Here" - 319-A
  • "The Fool" - 319-B
B.B. King Wails
"A Lonely Lover's Plea"

c/w "Woman I Love"

  • c. June 1959
  • Kent
  • "A Lonely Lover's Plea" - 325-A
  • "Woman I Love" - 325-B
N/A
"Everyday I Have the Blues"

c/w "Time to Say Goodbye" (from B.B. King Wails)

  • September 1959
  • Kent
  • "Everyday I Have the Blues" - 327-A
  • "Time to Say Goodbye" - 327-B
N/A/original version on Singin' the Blues
"Mean Ole Frisco"

c/w "Sugar Mama"

  • c. October-November 1959
  • Kent
  • "Mean Ole Frisco" - 329-A
  • "Sugar Mama" - 329-B
N/A
"Sweet Sixteen, Pt. 1"

b/w "Sweet Sixteen, Pt. 2"

  • December 1959
  • Kent
  • "Pt. 1" - 330-1
  • "Pt. 2" - 330-2
2 The Great B.B. King
1960 "Got a Right to Love My Baby"

c/w "My Own Fault" (from My Kind of Blues)

  • c. May 1960
  • Kent
  • "Got a Right to Love My Baby" - 333-1
  • "My Own Fault" - 333-2
King of the Blues
"Good Man Gone Bad"
  • July 1960
  • Kent
  • "Good Man Gone Bad" - 346-1
  • "Partin' Time" - 346-2
"Partin' Time" 8
"You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now"/
  • September 1960
  • Kent
  • "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now" - 350-1
  • "Walking Dr. Bill" 350-2
My Kind of Blues
"Walking Dr. Bill" 23
"Things Are Not the Same"

c/w "Fishin After Me" (from My Kind of Blues)

  • November 1960
  • Kent
  • "Things Are Not the Same" - 351-2
  • "Fishin Time" 351-2
N/A
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" / "My Guitar Sings The Blues" 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
1968 "You Put It On Me", The B. B. Jones", "Messy But Good" (with Quincy Jones) For Love of Ivy OST
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.