B.B. King, Marc Bolan

It’s B.B. King’s birthday today. He was born in 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

Here he is back in 1968, performing on Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual. Enjoy.

Also on this day, in 1977, Marc Bolan from T-Rex was killed in a car crash.

What do you think of these two? Both very different; one the Pixie Prince of Glam Rock, the other King of the Blues. I’d be interested in your song favourites, concert memories and thoughts on everything, from Bolan’s uncanny likeness to Syd Barrett to B.B.’s relentless tour schedule. (They used to call James Brown the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, but has B.B. ever taken time off?)

I’m sure you’d like to join me in wishing B.B. a very Happy 84th Birthday.

Last, but by no means least, thank you all for thinking of Richard, his family and friends yesterday. Your fond reminiscences were a pleasure to read and I’m glad that Polly’s charming Venice memento put a smile on your faces once again.