BB King Rehearsing Backstage - with Cigarette II, at Madison Square Garden, Rolling Stones Tour, NYC, Nov., 1969
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BB King Rehearsing Backstage - with Cigarette II, at Madison Square Garden, Rolling Stones Tour, NYC, Nov., 1969

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By Glen Craig
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BB King tunes his guitar and rehearses while sitting backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City. On the bill as one of the opening acts for the Rolling Stones during their legendary 1969 US Tour, they each played a total of three shows at the Garden between November 27th & 28th, 1969.

Already an accomplished Blues musician of more than twenty years, at this point in his career, BB King was beginning to break through to more mainstream audiences, so he gladly accepted the Rolling Stones invitation to perform on their tour.

Soon after the tour, BB King's version of "The Thrill is Gone" was released which reached #3 on the R&B Charts and #15 on the Billboard Top 100. It also won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1970.

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BB King Rehearsing Backstage - with Cigarette II, at Madison Square Garden, Rolling Stones Tour, NYC
BB King Rehearsing Backstage - with Cigarette II, at Madison Square Garden, Rolling Stones Tour, NYC, Nov., 1969