The Blues (2003)
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The Road to Memphis 

Director Richard Pearce traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writer:

Robert Gordon
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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ... Himself
The Coasters ... Themselves (archive footage)
Jim Dickinson Jim Dickinson ... Himself
Fats Domino ... Himself (archive footage)
Rosco Gordon Rosco Gordon ... Himself
Don Kern Don Kern ... Himself (WDIA Production Manager)
B.B. King ... Himself
Little Richard ... Himself (archive footage)
Little Milton Little Milton ... Himself
Joe Mulherin Joe Mulherin ... Himself
Calvin Newborn Calvin Newborn ... Himself
Sam Phillips Sam Phillips ... Himself
Bobby Rush Bobby Rush ... Himself
Chris Spindel Chris Spindel ... Himself (WDIA editor)
Christine Spindel Christine Spindel ... Herself (WDIA Program Director)
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Director Richard Pearce traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues.

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Documentary | Music

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PBS [United States]

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Germany | UK

Release Date:

30 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Hen Pecked
Written by Bobby Rush
Performed by Bobby Rush
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A strong entry in the series
9 May 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

While not quite my favorite of the films in "The Blues" series, this portrait of blues great B.B. King, and of the city that spawned so much of the blues, has a host of great performances fun moments (including Bobby Rush and Roscoe Gordon among others), and interesting insights into the changing face of a city. (The difference between the rich reality of Beale street years ago, and the touristy nothing of now is quite sad).

While it doesn't have the emotional impact of Wim Wenders "The Soul of a Man" or Scorsese's "Feel Like Going Home", there's still plenty to see and hear for an interested fan.


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