Live at the Regal

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Live at the Regal
BB King-Live at the Regal (album cover).jpg
Live album by
Released1965 (LP)
1997 (CD)
RecordedNovember 21, 1964
VenueRegal Theater, Chicago, Illinois
LabelABC, later MCA
ProducerJohnny Pate
B.B. King chronology
My Kind of Blues
Live at the Regal
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

Live at the Regal is a 1965 live album by American blues guitarist and singer B.B. King. It was recorded on November 21, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago. The album is widely heralded as one of the greatest blues albums ever recorded and is #141 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2005, Live at the Regal was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.

Some musicians, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler, have acknowledged using this album as a primer before performances.

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Every Day I Have the Blues"Memphis Slim2:38
2."Sweet Little Angel"Riley King, Jules Taub4:12
3."It's My Own Fault"John Lee Hooker3:29
4."How Blue Can You Get"Jane Feather3:44
5."Please Love Me"King, Jules Taub3:01
6."You Upset Me Baby"Joe Josea, Maxwell Davis2:22
7."Worry, Worry"Davis Plumber, Jules Taub6:24
8."Woke Up This Mornin'"King1:45
9."You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now"King, Joe Josea4:16
10."Help the Poor"Charlie Singleton2:58


  • B.B. King – guitar, vocals
  • Leo Lauchie – bass
  • Duke Jethro – piano
  • Sonny Freeman – drums
  • Bobby Forte, Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • E. Rodney Jones, Pervis Spann - presenters


Chart (2014–15) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 85
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 74
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 96


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 118. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2015-05-23). "ARIA Albums: Hermitude Dark Night Sweet Light Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  5. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  6. ^ " – B.B. King – Live at the Regal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  7. ^ "BB King | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2015-05-24.