In 1987, B.B. King took to the stage at the little Ebony Showcase Theater stage in Los Angeles with a mind-blowing group of talented friends including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Paul Butterfield and Billy Ocean.
Their star-studded jam was recorded for the Cinemax concert special A Blues Session: B.B. King and Friends.
Watch Clapton, Stevie Ray and Albert jam with B.B. and others on “Why I Sing the Blues.”
The recording features King collaborating on a variety of classics including “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Precious Lord” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” to name a few.
With so many members of the historic gathering now gone, the video remains an especially touching memento of music history. Cinemax dedicated the broadcast to the late blues great Paul Butterfield, who passed away from a drug overdose a month after the show was recorded. Stevie Ray Vaughan was gone three years after the taping, Albert King passed away within five years, and more recently, B.B. King left us. Hopefully they have gathered for the most amazing jamfest.