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Why I Sing the Blues
Compilation album by
B. B. King chronology
Love Me Tender
Why I Sing the Blues
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Why I Sing the Blues is a 1983 album by the blues guitarist and singer B.B. King. Originally made by MCA Records as a bargain-bin greatest hits compilation, the album is a showcase of King's best work from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The album was released in CD format in 1992.[2]

Track listing

  1. "The Thrill Is Gone" (Roy Hawkins, Rick Darnell) - 5:24
  2. "Ghetto Woman" (Riley King, Clark) - 5:14
  3. "Why I Sing the Blues" (Riley King, Clark) - 8:38
  4. "Ain't Nobody Home" (Jerry Ragovoy) - 3:34
  5. "Hummingbird" (Leon Russell) - 4:32
  6. "To Know You Is to Love You" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) - 8:31
  7. "How Blue Can You Get?" (Jane Feather, Leonard Feather) - 5:08
  8. "Sweet Sixteen" (Doc Pomus) - 7:01
  9. "So Excited" (Jerry Jemmott, Riley King) - 5:34
  10. "Chains and Things" (with Carole King) (Riley King, Clark) - 4:55[1]


  1. ^ a b "Why I Sing the Blues - B.B. King | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Why I Sing the Blues". Retrieved February 1, 2019.