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

“When you talk about the blues, you have to talk about B.B.” These are the words of Aaron Neville, one of many musicians who take part in this documentary to pay tribute to the man known as “The King Of The Blues”.

Some of the other stars featured are Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Bill Wyman, John Mayall and Leon Russell. The Life Of Riley is an exceptionally good documentary about B.B. King - born Riley B King on 25 September 1925. The documentary is the result of filmmaker Jon Brewer working closely with King himself and amassing over 250 hours of footage which would become this documentary. It is narrated by Morgan Freeman. Although born in a tumultuous period of US history, King battled with racism growing up but went on to turn his life around and found success with his unique style of playing the blues.

King certainly had a right to the blues. He had a difficult, lonely upbringing after his mother Nora Ella Farr's early death. King was forced into arduous farm work and cotton-picking from the age of seven. The film pieces together his path to success, from the Memphis musicians who were willing to help him learn; to his time as a disc jockey at WDIA, America's first all black radio station. His nickname there - Blues Boy - was soon shortened to B.B. This is the essence of the story that makes a beautiful film; extremely informative and visually captivating.

DVD Extras

Extended interviews
Live performances from the Royal Albert Hall