Sunday, January 03, 2016

B.B. King's Top 10 Rules For Success

Published on Nov 18, 2015
He was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

He's considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues".

He's B.B. King and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

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1. Know your goals
While young, King sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael.

2. Do the best that you can do
The minister taught King his first three chords. It seems that at the age of 12 he bought his first guitar for $15.00.

3. Practice
In 1943, King left Kilmichael to work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John's Quartet of Inverness.

4. Contribute something new
In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records.

5. Find your energy
King assembled his own band; the B.B. King Review, under the leadership of Millard Lee.

6. Be grateful
He became one of the most important names in R&B music in the 1950s.

7. Appreciate your audience
He gained further visibility among rock audiences as an opening act on the Rolling Stones' 1969 American Tour.

8. Create something that lasts
King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

9. Always aim to do better
In 2004, he was awarded the international Polar Music Prize.

10. Have fun
His half-century of success owes much to his hard work as a touring musician who consistently logged between 200 and 300 shows a year.


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