In 1949, legendary blues guitarist Riley B. King, otherwise known as B.B. King, played a dance hall inξTwist, Arkansas. During a scuffle between two patrons fighting over a woman, a barrel of lit keroseneξused to heat the venue was knocked to the ground, and set the building ablaze. The show wasξevacuated, only for King to realize he'd left his Gibson inside, who dove back in to retrieve it. Kingξwould later name that first guitar and every forth-coming guitar Lucille, after the woman the twoξpatrons fought over.
Fast-forward to 1968, when B.B. King released the album Lucille, (Produced by jazz/blues productionξlegend Bob Thiele) and told the story in full on the eponymous title track. Since that time King hasξowned a slew of other guitars, all of them named Lucille, and has a deep-seated appreciation for eachξone. As he says on the album's title track: "IŠ—Ève had many guitars since that first incident, and I alwaysξcall them Lucille. SheŠ—Ès taken me a long way, even brought me some fame...Most of all, sheŠ—Ès kept meξalive...being able to eat."
Lucille represents early B.B. King at his finest. It's the last traditional blues album before 1969'sξCompletely Well would establish a trademark brand of blues music mixed with lushly arranged stringξensembles. By contrast on Lucille the arrangements are more sparse, raw, and simple. King's ownξskills with an ES-355 Gibson are on full display, amidst a crew of famed blues session musicians likeξIrving Ashby on rhythm guitar, Lloyd Glenn on piano, Maxwell Davis on organ, and many more.
Guitars squeal, bass and drums rumble, brass instruments blare, and King's powerful vocal howlξcomplements LucilleŠ—Ès winding licks. An important piece of blues history that can't be overlooked.
2. You Move Me So
3. Country Girl
4. No Money, No Luck Blues
5. I Need Your Love
6. Rainin' All the Time
7. I'm With You
8. Stop Putting the Hurt on Me
9. Watch Yourself