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(New Musical Express)   We're getting two biopics of BB King's life, one authorized, one not   (nme.com) divider line
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2020-10-26 7:32:26 AM  
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2020-10-26 8:17:32 AM  
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2020-10-26 9:15:24 AM  
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2020-10-26 9:21:51 AM  
BB King biopic - Meh.  The thrill is gone.
 
2020-10-26 9:29:30 AM  
As long as they're still able to license BB's music, I'm not concerned that the Wendell Pierce project is neither authorized by the King estate nor technically a biopic. Still looking forward to it. He's a fantastic actor and bears a solid resemblance to BB.
 
2020-10-26 9:46:50 AM  
He named his guitar Lucille.  THE END

/ kidding, he did other stuff, couldn't play and sing at same time though
 
2020-10-26 10:08:39 AM  
So, depending on who owns the publishing rights to King's most well known songs, the Wendell Pierce version could be going the same way as Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix movie or that CBGB biopic where they couldn't use any Ramones songs.
 
2020-10-26 10:33:39 AM  
Winston Duke is the obvious choice. Fight me.
 
2020-10-26 10:45:58 AM  

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: Winston Duke is the obvious choice. Fight me.


Mortimer's got more soul
 
2020-10-26 10:54:08 AM  

stoli n coke: So, depending on who owns the publishing rights to King's most well known songs, the Wendell Pierce version could be going the same way as Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix movie or that CBGB biopic where they couldn't use any Ramones songs.


The CBGB movie was still a good flick, even though it was blatantly obvious from the longleaf pines in certain scenes that it was filmed in Savannah and not NYC and upstate NY.
 
2020-10-26 11:08:54 AM  

Eddie Hazel's E string: As long as they're still able to license BB's music, I'm not concerned that the Wendell Pierce project is neither authorized by the King estate nor technically a biopic. Still looking forward to it. He's a fantastic actor and bears a solid resemblance to BB.


Same here.
As far as the other movie, though I'm not sure if Kenan Thompson's familiarity would be too distracting, I'd be a great vehicle for him to break into movies. If he nails it, that is.
 
2020-10-26 11:23:39 AM  

lindalouwho: Eddie Hazel's E string: As long as they're still able to license BB's music, I'm not concerned that the Wendell Pierce project is neither authorized by the King estate nor technically a biopic. Still looking forward to it. He's a fantastic actor and bears a solid resemblance to BB.

Same here.
As far as the other movie, though I'm not sure if Kenan Thompson's familiarity would be too distracting, I'd be a great vehicle for him to break into movies. If he nails it, that is.


Agreed -- Kenan could have more range than any of us might suspect.
 
2020-10-26 11:58:34 AM  
I'm just glad I was able to see B.B. King in person. Would have been about a decade before he died, so definitely past peak, but it was still a good show.
 
2020-10-26 12:28:48 PM  

weirdneighbour: He named his guitar Lucille.  THE END

/ kidding, he did other stuff, couldn't play and sing at same time though


He explained that in an interview, he said he could "only use one voice at a time".
 
2020-10-26 3:33:46 PM  

Myk-House of El: I'm just glad I was able to see B.B. King in person. Would have been about a decade before he died, so definitely past peak, but it was still a good show.


Same! It was a great show. The man was a raconteur, and owned the stage despite never leaving his chair
 
2020-10-26 7:15:31 PM  
He had like 20 kids.  They all can't get their share with just one movie.
 
2020-10-26 7:43:17 PM  

i_dig_chicks: He had like 20 kids.  They all can't get their share with just one movie.


I thought he gave her seven children... and she wanted to give them back.

1973, Live, on Thanksgiving, at Sing Sing.
BB King Called This His Best Live Performance
Youtube LWLAAzOBoBI
 
2020-10-26 7:57:32 PM  
Here's the whole performance, 40 minutes.
The Best BB King At Sing Sing Prison - Complete Show
Youtube 0v4GV5dxOkI
 
2020-10-27 6:33:01 AM  
I got to meet him a few times after he opened his first restaurant.  My friends and I started eating lunch there regularly when it opened, and he remembered who his regulars were and would come spend a few minutes chatting with them.

He was very, very kind to his fans and was surprisingly funny too.
 
2020-10-27 1:48:46 PM  

Wasn't Looking at his Neck: Winston Duke is the obvious choice. Fight me.


Could be. He's from Trinidad. If he can imitate a Mississippi born, Memphis raised, black man born during Jim Crow and segregation, he's golden. But then again, racism is universal. I have no doubt as a black man, he can channel that.

Fun fact, my mom's best friend went to school with B.B. King. Her name was Louella Kirlkland Daniels, and she and my mom worked as hairdressers together, but she was much better than my mom. She could wash, press, and curl your hair during your lunch break, in 45 minutes! That was quick. She owned two homes, side by side, one her house, one her shop.

There was a place in Colorado Springs also called the Cotton Club. The woman who ran it was Fannie Mae Duncan. She would bring black artists in from all over the country. Since they couldn't stay in the white owned hotels, Ms. Duncan bought a mansion, and converted many rooms into studio apartments. That's where the black acts would stay, except for Mr. King. He'd eat dinner at Ms Kirkland's house, and stay in the room above the shop.

All this happened in the fifties and sixties, and I was born in 1969, so I didn't see all of it, obviously. But I do remember going to Ms.Kirkland's house often, and I did see her shop before she sold it. I also knew Ms. Duncan, but I was I little girl. After my parents divorced, we stayed for six months in one of her apartments. That house was huge, and the garden was beautiful.

End of CSB. But needless to say, we were raised with the music of the greats. Those guys were the true founders of Rock and Roll.
 
2020-10-27 1:56:43 PM  

lindalouwho: i_dig_chicks: He had like 20 kids.  They all can't get their share with just one movie.

I thought he gave her seven children... and she wanted to give them back.

1973, Live, on Thanksgiving, at Sing Sing.
[YouTube video: BB King Called This His Best Live Performance]

"I thought he gave her seven children... and she wanted to give them back."


"How Blue Can You Get!" That's such a great line! I can hear that famous blues riff: Duh-na-na-na-nah!

"I bought you a ten dollar dinner
And you said: "thanks for the snack"
I let you live in my penthouse.
You said it just a shack.
I gave you seven children...
And now you wanna give 'em back!"
 
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