3 O'Clock Blues


Three O'Clock Blues is a slow zwölftaktiger Blue Song, the 1946 Lowell Fulson commenced after the publication in 1948 became his first big hit. 1952 BB King took on the title, he was also his first hit single and one of the most successful Rhythm 'n Blues singles of the year 1952.

A title that name was indeed in 1938 published by Monkey Joe on Vocalion, but these are, this is a completely different song.

Original Song

The original song was recorded by Fulson in 1946 during his first session for Downtown Records in Oakland, California. At the second guitar, his brother Martin accompanied him. At the time of publication 1948, he had already developed its typical West Coast blues style. The original version reached # 6 in the R & B charts.

B.b. Kings uptake

BB King took his version of the song on in September 1951 for RPM Records. Unlike Lowell Fulson this recording had a full package with a horn section ( Richard Sanders and Billy Duncan ). At the piano played Johnny Ace, drummer Earl was Forrest. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard R & B charts. To date, the number remained in the repertoire of BB King. He has recorded several versions, including in 2000, its recorded on " Riding with the King" along with Eric Clapton album. BB King says in his autobiography about the song:

"I was not rich and famous, but in the world of black music, I was known nationwide. From now on, my area of ​​influence extended far beyond Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. "


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