Monday Blues (03.28.11)

In my humble opinion, B.B. King was at his best in the sixties and early seventies. In many ways, his mainstream legend was built in those years, largely through his prolific and stellar live performances.

Here he is (in two parts) performing on “Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual,” the legendary show which ran from 1960-68.

2 thoughts on “Monday Blues (03.28.11)

  1. Good stuff. I fell in love with B.B. with Live at the Regal. Saw him once, back in 1971 … sign of the times department, the opening act was Ike & Tina Turner.

    While it’s irrelevant to this post, dedicated to some fine music, from a personal standpoint I missed seeing Ralph J. Gleason in the clips. He meant a lot to me, and many San Francisco Chronicle readers, growing up, and of course, there’s Rolling Stone. When he died, a little more than a month after Tom Donahue in ’75, I had a private End of an Era moment. I briefly worked with Gleason’s granddaughter when she and I were at Cal. She was writing a thesis paper about him, and using the process to learn more about a grandfather she barely knew in real life.

  2. Live at the Regal is one of the finest blues recordings I have ever heard. I also enjoy Albert King’s 1968 recordings at the Filmore.

    And it’s not irrelevant at all. I would have said something about Ralph Gleason if I knew more from the top of my head. I know his show was on KQED, at least the premiere, but I also know his work was extensive as a critic.

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