7.4/10
517
2 user 13 critic

B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Narrator
...
Himself
...
Himself
Albert King ...
Himself, B. B. King's father (voice) (archive footage)
Lessie Mae Fair ...
Herself
David Matthews ...
Himself
Sara Betty Lou Henson ...
Herself
...
Himself
John Cadillac Holden ...
Himself (as 'Cadillac' John Nolden)
Walter Trout ...
Himself
Wayne Cartledge ...
Himself
Charles Evers ...
Himself
Jo Cartledge ...
Herself
Delcia Davis ...
Herself
Carver Randle ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

BB King: A Vida de Riley  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

John Mayall: I would say that Eric
[Clapton]
John Mayall: was most influenced by Freddie King's playing, Mick Taylor was most influenced by Albert King, and Peter Green was most definitely a B B King devotee
See more »

Soundtracks

Riding With the King
Written by John Hiatt (as John R. Hiatt)
Performed by Eric Clapton and B.B. King
Courtesy of Universal Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
B.B. King: The Life Of Riley
18 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The legendary B.B. King - one of the last Mississippi bluesmen - died in May 2015 at the age of 89. This documentary was screened in 2012, and as far as possible in the time allotted takes a comprehensive look back at his life. It includes archive footage, and contributions from numerous contemporaries - musicians and others - including the man himself.

King visits his birthplace, reminisces about his childhood, and tells us a few things we might not have known including how he developed his particular guitar sound, that he once worked as a disc jockey, and that he broke into radio by writing a jingle for Pep-ti-kon.

All in all this is a well rounded documentary, what shines through most is his humility, something for which certain musicians are not exactly renowned.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

How to Wield a Lightsaber

Legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske teaches our "IMDb Show" Jedis the basics of lightsaber combat. Plus, we break down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures.

Watch now