American Masters: B.B. King: The Life of Riley

Key Interviewees

Air date: 02/12/2016

American Masters: B.B. King: The Life of Riley

Premieres nationally Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. (check local listings)

 

Key film interviewees

(In alphabetical order)

 

George Benson fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Joe Bihari co-founder of Modern Record who discovered B.B. King

Bobby Bland – recorded an album with B.B. King, Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again…Live in 1976 at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, California

Joe Bonamassa inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist

Bono – U2 records “When Love Comes to Town” with B.B. King and invites him to open for the band on four-month world tour. Documentary film Rattle and Hum shows collaboration between the world’s most famous pop group and the King of the Blues.

Eric Clapton – recorded Riding with The King with B.B. King. Album goes double-platinum (2,000,000 in certified sales) and wins the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album

Annie Clay – long-time friend of B.B. King

Robert Cray – inspired by B.B. King as a fellow blues musician

Delcia Davis – friend of B.B. King

Charles Evers brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers

Tina France – B.B. King’s manager

Morgan Freeman – friend and admirer of B.B. King

Buddy Guy – fellow blues musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Sara Betty Lou Henson – daughter of Luther Henson, B.B. King’s teacher at Elkhorn school

Dr. John fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

B.B. King – legendary bluesman, the man himself

Sue King Evans – B.B. King’s second wife

Jonny Lang – fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Stewart Levine – produced six B.B. King albums

Robert Lockwood, Jr. – music teacher to B.B. King

Rev. David Matthews pastor of Bell Grove Baptist Church which B.B. King attended

Lessie May Fair – sister-in-law to the preacher who first inspired B.B. King with his electric guitar

John Mayall – inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist and played with him on numerous occasions

John Mayer inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist and played with him at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012

Aaron Neville – leading blues musician and one of the four famous Neville Brothers of New Orleans. His brother also played with B.B. King.

Calvin Owens – played trumpet in the B.B. King Band

Bonnie Raitt – fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Paul Rodgers – inspired by B.B. King as a fellow musician

Leon Russell – fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Carlos Santana –musician inspired by B.B. King

Ringo Starr – played on B.B. King’s album B.B. King in London

Bill Szymczyk – produced B.B. King albums, Live and Well and Completely Well

Mick Taylor – played with B.B. King on tour with The Rolling Stones

Susan Tedeschi – inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist and played with him at the Royal Albert Hall concert in 2011

James Toney – played keyboard in the B.B. King Band

LaVerne Toney – B.B. King’s manager

Walter Trout – inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist and played with him at the Royal Albert Hall concert in 2011

Derek Trucks inspired by B.B. King as a blues artist and played with him at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012

Cato Walker – played saxophone in the B.B. King band

Polly Walker – tour and office manager to B.B. King

Joe Walsh fellow musician and collaborator of B.B. King

Bruce Willis the actor introduces and plays with B.B. King and Billy Preston in a live performance tribute to Ray Charles

Johnny Winter – fellow musician and collaborator with B.B. King

Ernest Withers – photographer who photographed B.B. King in numerous concerts on the road

Bill Wyman – played with B.B. King when on tour with The Rolling Stones