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B.B. King

Singin' The Blues

PPAN P5020
Release Notes
  • Mono recording

Singin’ The Blues" was issued as Crown 5020 in spring 1957 and featured some of B.B. King’s best-loved songs up to that point. The LP included four #1 R&B hits: ‘3 O’Clock Blues’ and ‘You Know I Love You’ (1952), ‘Please Love Me’ (1953) and ‘You Upset Me Baby’ (1954); four other top ten hits; plus ‘Blind Love’ from 1953 and covers of Tampa Red’s ‘Crying Won’t Help You’ (1955) and Gatemouth Moore’s ‘Did You Ever Love A Woman’ from 1956.

To fill out the album, a superior alternate take of ‘Sweet Little Angel’ was included. As John Broven observes in his notes: "In 1957 “Singin’ The Blues” gave the first real indication that B.B. King was destined to be a major star. Tony Burke