Apollo Theater Hall Of Fame, 1993, Harlem/New York City, NY .
"Sweet Little Angel" and "Let The Good Times Roll". (TRT:13:34)
"Black Angel Blues", also known as "Sweet Black Angel" or "Sweet Little Angel", is a blues standard that has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists. The song was first recorded in 1930 by Lucille Bogan, one of the classic female blues singers. Bogan recorded it as a mid-tempo, twelve-bar blues, featuring her vocal with piano accompaniment.
In 1956, B.B. King recorded "Sweet Little Angel" (RPM Records 468). According to King, "I got the idea for 'Sweet Little Angel' from Robert Nighthawk's 'Sweet Black Angel', though I later discovered that the song had been recorded by someone before Nighthawk. At the time 'black' was not a popular word, as it is now. Instead of using the old title, I changed it to 'Sweet Little Angel'—and that was a pretty big record for me". King's version, with a horn section, was a stylistic shift for the song and it became a hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard R&B chart. In 1957, he re-recorded "Sweet Little Angel" for his first album Singin' the Blues. Both versions prominently feature B.B. King's guitar work, with his note-bends "sounding almost like a lap steel in places."
After B.B. King's success, many blues and other artists recorded their versions of "Sweet Little Angel". Robert Nighthawk's "Black Angel Blues" was inducted in 2007 into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame "Classics of Blues Recordings" category and B.B. King's "Sweet Little Angel" is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".
For six decades, the Apollo Theater has been the proving ground for black performers. Lately, the place has rarely missed a chance to remind people of its history, bringing back both those who performed there regularly and newcomers who hope the legend will rub off on them. "The Apollo Theater Hall of Fame," tonight at 9 on NBC, is the latest history lesson, tribute and hodgepodge from the Harlem landmark, with Ray Charles, Diana Ross, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Al Green and more than a dozen other performers.
The occasion is the induction of the first members of the new Apollo Hall of Fame, all of whom performed at the theater before 1956: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and the Ink Spots. Each gets a tribute from younger performers. Special Chairman's Awards, whatever they are, are also dedicated to Mr. Charles, Mr. King, Richard Pryor and Sam Cooke, providing an opportunity for more tributes and a blues jam session.
Reviews/Television; Onstage at the Apollo, Competitive Tribute
By JON PARELES
Published: August 4, 1993, Wednesday
Tags: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Apollo Theater, Sweet Little Angel, Let The Good Times Roll
Location: New York, New York, United States (load item map)
Marked as: approved
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