B.B. King

Every Day I Have the Blues

Composed by Memphis Slim / Peter Chatman

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One if B.B. King's classic blues statements, "Everyday I Have the Blues makes a statement about the man himself. Describing desperate circumstances, the lyrics use the strength of the blues as a motivating force to change one's life. On top of all this, you have King's awesome vocals and even more electrifying guitar work. The powerful vocal -- particularly on the Live at San Quentin album -- is only matched by the guitar work, which shows King's jazz and swing roots clearly while retaining the overall bluesy vibe and flavor.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Singin' the Blues 1956 Crown
No Image 1965
Live in Japan 1971 MCA / Universal 2:10
The Best of B.B. King [Ace] 1981 Ace
No Image 1985 Ace
Do the Boogie! B.B. King's Early '50s Classics 1988 Point Blank / Virgin 2:36
Live at San Quentin 1991 MCA 4:42
Ain't Nobody Home!: The Very Best of B.B. King 1991 MCA 2:27
The Fabulous B.B. King 1991 Point Blank / Virgin 2:50
Why I Sing the Blues 1992 Delta Music Ltd.
Singin' the Blues/The Blues 1992 Point Blank / Flair 2:46
The Best of the Blues [Columbia/K-Tel] 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:46
The Best of B.B. King [Collectables] 1994 CEMA Special Markets
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 5:03
Best of the Blues, Vol. 1 [Cema] 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 2:49
How Blue Can You Get [Retro] 1995 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 5:04
Blues Legends [Boxsets 1995] 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 5:02
Greatest Hits (1951-1960) 1995 Connoisseur 2:50
Catfish Blues 1995 Biton Handels / Drive (import) 5:03
B.B. King & Friends [Allegro] 1995 Cleopatra 5:05
Living the Blues: Blues Greats [1995] 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Blues, Vol. 3 [Eclipse] 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 5:02
Collection [Boxsets] 1996 Boxsets 5:04
How Blue Can You Get? Classic Live Performances 1964 to 1994 1996 MCA 3:08
The Essential Blues, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 2:47
Paying the Cost to Be the Boss 1997 Laserlight 5:03
Collector's Edition [Intercontinental] 1997 Intercontinental Records 5:02
Original Blues Masters 1997 St. Clair / Boxsets 5:02
Blues Collection 1997 Galaxy Music 4:58
No Image 1997 Revue Collection
Juke Box R&B 1997
Various Artists
Ace 2:49
Greatest Hits [MCA] 1998 Geffen / MCA 2:40
B.B.'s Boogie 1998 Mastertone 4:59
Collection [Madacy] 1999 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:01
His RPM Hits 1951-1957 1999 Ace 2:50
Born on the Blues 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / MCA 2:49
His Definitive Greatest Hits 1999 Interscope 2:38
Best of the Blues, Vol. 2 [Legacy] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 5:02
Every Day I Have the Blues [Goldies Box] 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 4:51
High Profile 2000 Direct Source 5:05
All Over Again 2000 Fruit Tree 4:50
Travelin' Blues 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:03
The Blues [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:03
Birth of the Blues [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:03
The Thrill is Gone [Legend] 2000 Legend 5:03
20 Golden Classics 2000 Cleopatra / Golden Music 5:03
The  Anthology 2000 MCA 3:08
Best of Blues [Madacy Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 4:51
The Signature Series 2001 Direct Source 5:02
Gold Collection [Retro] 2001 Retro Records 4:56
Sweet Little Angel [Blue Moon] 2001 Blue Moon 4:50
The Blues [Recording Arts] 2001
Various Artists
Recording Arts 2:46
Blues Legends [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:04
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol 2:49
Greatest Hits [Universal Japan] 2002 Geffen 2:40
Why I Sing the Blues [Past Perfect] 2002 Past Perfect 4:51
The Vintage Years 2002 Import 2:50
Very Best of B.B. King [P-Vine] 2003 P-Vine Records 2:50
B.B. King [P-Vine] 2003 P-Vine Records 2:50
Kings of Blues [Fuel] 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 2:49
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:50
Blues Kingpins 2003 Virgin 2:49
Ultimate Blues Album 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 2:49
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues 2003 Hipo / Hip-O 2:49
Simply the Blues 2003
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 2:49
Blues Story [Shout! Factory] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
Completely Well/Live in Cook County Jail 2004 Beat Goes On 1:42
Anthology: Sound+Vision [2 CD & DVD] 2004 MCA / Geffen 3:08
The Anthology 1962-1998 [Bonus DVD] 2004 Master Classics 5:03
Best of the Blues [2005 Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:52
The Ultimate Collection 2005 Geffen 2:40
Singin' the Blues [Ace] 2005 Ace 2:49
Chronicles: Live at the Regal/Blues Is King/Live in Cook County Jail 2005 Geffen 1:42
Original Greatest Hits 2005 Virgin 2:49
B.B. King [St. Clair] 2005 St. Clair 5:01
20 Hits 2005 Gusto Records 5:00
The Vinyl Collection: Best of the Blues [St. Clair] 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:01
Gold 2006 Geffen 3:08
Bits and Pieces About B.B. King 2006 DeLta Musi 2:58
B.B. King [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 5:03
King of Blues [Golden Stars] 2006 Golden Stars
The Best of the Early Years 2007 Ace 2:49
Jimi Hendrix's Jukebox 2007
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States 2:50
Best of the Blues Guitar King 1951-1966 2007 Ace
Blues Classics [St. Clair] 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:43
No Image 2007 Goldies
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair
Great Blues Masters, Vol. 1 2008 Recordings Of Substance
Playlist Plus 2008 Geffen 2:40
Essential Blues Anthology 2008
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:49
Playlist Your Way 2008 Geffen 2:40
The Complete Collection 2008 Geffen 2:42
The Essence of B.B. King 2008 Delta Distribution 2:48
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:08
Definitive Blues Anthology 2009
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:49
Ultimate Blues [Decca] 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
No Image 2009 Geffen 2:20
Definitive Americana 2009
Various Artists
Not Now Music
On Stage with Lucille 2010 Blues Boulevard / Music Avenue 4:52
Icon 2011 Geffen 2:39
Best of RPM & Kent Recordings 2011 Rockbeat Records 2:49
The Thrill of the Blues 2012 Blues Boulevard 4:53
The Blues King's Best 2012 Cleopatra 4:45
No Image 2013 K-Tel 2:43
No Image 2013 K-Tel 2:51
The Blues Anthology 2015 Cleopatra / Master Classics / Stardust Records 5:03
The  Very Best of B.B. King 2015 BMG / Sony Music
No Image BD Jazz 2:50
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Can't Kick the Blues Not Now Music 2:49
Essential Blues [The Gift of Music]
Various Artists
The Gift of Music 2:56
How Britain Got the Blues, Vol. 3: How London Got the Blues
Various Artists
History of RnB Records / Rhythm & Blues / Rhythm and Blues 2:50
King of the Blues [Cleopatra] Cleopatra
No Image Trace Records 5:02
Speak Easy: The RPM Records Story, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Ace 2:48
The  Rough Guide to Blues Legends: B.B. King World Music Network
The Complete Singles As & Bs: 1949-62 Acrobat 2:49
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Story of the Blues Story [Not Now Music]
Various Artists
Not Now Music / Not Now UK
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