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Born: 1925-09-16
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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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.'

Tags: Country, Trying, Used

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.

Tags: Black, Music, Said

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

Tags: Away, Beautiful, Learning

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.

Tags: Family, Him, May

Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.

Tags: Family, Stand, Trying

Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.

Tags: Big, Learning, School

I've put up with more humiliation than I care to remember.

Tags: Care, Put, Remember

I guess you can look at me, and tell I'm the old man. My name is BB King.

Tags: Name, Old, Tell

A lot of people believe what other people say.

Tags: Die, Everybody, Heaven

I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.

Tags: Anybody, Borrow, Steals

I never use that word, retire.

Tags: Retire, Word

Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin', too.

Tags: Mother, Nobody, She

When you don't have much money, you worry that they'll just put you in the ground someplace and your loved ones won't know where you are.

Tags: Money, Put, Worry

I call myself a blues singer, but you ain't never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.

Tags: Blues, Call, Guitar

I don't like anybody to be angry with me. I'd rather have friends.

Tags: Anger, Angry, Friends

I'm no good with chords. I'm horrible with chords.

Tags: Chords, Good, Horrible

I've been married twice. Most women would rather not be married to a traveling blues singer.

Tags: Married, Rather, Women

If you can't get your songs to people one way, you have to find another.

Tags: Another, Songs

If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you're going to the bank to borrow money.

Tags: Blues, Good, Money

There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done.

Tags: Done, Sounds

We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so.

Tags: Care, Try, Yourself

I don't have a favorite song that I've written. But I do have a favorite song: 'Always on My Mind,' the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing it every night. I like the story it tells.

Tags: Mind, Night, Song

I think of guitar players in terms of doctors: you have the doctor for your heart, the cardiologist, then one that works on your feet, your leg. But I believe George Benson is the one that plays all over. To me, he would be the M.D. of them all.

Tags: Doctor, Guitar, Heart

It seems like I always had to work harder than other people. Those nights when everybody else is asleep, and you sit in your room trying to play scales.

Tags: Else, Trying, Work

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.

Tags: Good, Health, Today