Watch the B's Boogaloo online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip 2
Although their sounds are different, B’s Boogaloo is inspired by B.B. King’s, So Excited. Released in 1969 on his Alive & Well album along with The Thrill Is Gone, the Memphis bluesman finally broke through to the Rock and Pop audiences with a major hit. Thrill went to #8 on the charts and stayed for fifteen weeks before winning a Grammy in 1970. So Excited also tagged along as the B-side of the single.
Both Thrill and SE signaled a change in B.B.’s sound and success. Built on a straight-eighth Rock 4/4 rhythm section instead of a traditional Blues shuffle or 12/8 feel, they were more up to date. However, although the backgrounds were different, his lead style and sound remained essentially the same.
This is both an object lesson and a testament to the appeal and longevity of blues lines outside of their original style. Case in point: Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Albert King influenced lead fills on David Bowie’s, Let’s Dance. Beyond that, we'll see how to contrast motives by alternately adding notes to the pentatonic minor. The chord progression here is E7, A7, E7.