B.B. King: The Life of Riley - King’s Distinctive Guitar Playing

See and hear B.B. King in performance while musicians share the same response to the King of the Blues’ artistry: they know it’s B.B. King playing by hearing just one note of his guitar. This film excerpt includes commentary by Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, John Mayall, Bobby Bland, Bruce Willis, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks, Johnny Lang and Carlos Santana.

Eric Clapton elaborates, “The character of any great musician is usually identifiable by the individuality of their vibrato.”

Santana takes the observation one step further, saying, “I can hear B.B. King with the sound off on the TV, just by looking at his face.”