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Friday, May 15, 2015

[VIDEO] Watch B.B. King Play The Blues on San Francisco's Jazz Casual In 1968

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 4:35 PM

By now you've surely heard the sad news that B.B. King, the King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

King had many memories in San Francisco, including receiving his first-ever standing ovation (before playing a single note) at the Fillmore. We want to share another B.B. King San Francisco moment with you.

In 1968, King performed on National Education Television's Jazz Casual, a TV show hosted by longtime Chron jazz critic (and Rolling Stone founding editor) the late Ralph J. Gleason. The show was shot in San Francisco and produced by Richard Moore of KQED.

NET was the predecessor to PBS.

Watch B.B. in his prime in the clips below, playing the blues in San Francisco.

click to enlarge A Bill Graham flier for B.B. King's Fillmore concert. $2.50
  • A Bill Graham flier for B.B. King's Fillmore concert. $2.50

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