B. B. King

Quotes: B. B. King

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    People all over the world have problems. And as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.
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    Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said to make the audience understand what I'm trying to do more. When I'm singing, I don't want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.
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    The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
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    The blues was bleeding the same blood as me.
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    The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
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    The minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.
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    The problem is that a lot of the blues stations are late on Saturday night, and like a lot of people, I ain't no vampire!
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    The way I feel today, as long as my health is good and I can handle myself well and people still come to my concerts, still buy my CDs, I'll keep playing until I feel like I can't.
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    There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done.
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    Touring a segregated America - forever being stopped and harassed by white cops hurt you most 'cos you don't realise the damage. You hold it in. You feel empty, like someone reached in and pulled out your guts. You feel hurt and dirty, less than a person.
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    Water from the white fountain didn't taste any better than from the black fountain.
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    We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so.
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    What don't I want to learn? I have how-to books, history, nature. Ain't nobody here saying, 'You'd better learn this.' But I still think I've got a head on my shoulders, and it pleases me.
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    When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it'll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep. And the third way? You'll have to figure that out for yourself!
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    When I was in the country and I was trying to play, nobody seemed to pay too much attention to me. People used to say, 'That's just that ole blues singer.'