B.B. King Live In Cook County Jail on 180g LP
Late great blues legend B.B. King recorded three seminal live albums in Chicago including Live at the Regal, Blues is King and Live in Cook County Jail. The latter was recorded in the yard at the Cook County correctional facility in front of 2,000 captivated inmates on a hot fall day in 1970 and released the following year.
Featuring a fine selection of his best known songs like "Every Day I Have The Blues," "How Blue Can You Get?," "3 O'Clock Blues," "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone," the historic Live In Cook County Jail topped the Billboard R&B charts for three straight weeks and Rolling Stone ranked it as one of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Touring keyboardist Ron Levy was 18-years-old at the time and remembers: “At first it was kind of exciting. But once those iron doors slammed behind you it was like ‘oh man.’ I had reservations about our decisions. If anybody had the blues, it was those people incarcerated. And B.B. really felt compassion for these guys. And let’s face it, a lot of the people who are incarcerated, they were in his audience at one point or another.”
B.B. King Live In Cook County Jail Track Listing:
2. Every Day I Have The Blues
3. How Blue Can You Get?
4. Worry, Worry, Worry
5. Medley: 3 O'Clock Blues/Darlin' You Know I Love You
6. Sweet Sixteen
7. The Thrill Is Gone
8. Please Accept My Love