A new film on the life of bluesman B. B. King opens in cinemas across the UK on the 15th October. Called ‘The Life Of Riley’ (B. B.s real name is Riley B. King) the film is directed and produced by Jon Brewer, the film is described as a “powerful documentary feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all the odds and unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and become ”King Of The Blues’ performing over 15,000 gigs and selling in excess of 40 million records worldwide to date”.
The film includes scenes of B. B. ¬†at the White House and¬†is narrated by Morgan Freeman and features contributions from Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Bill Wyman, Slash, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Wood, Bruce Willis and many more.
To tie in to the film release Universal Music will be releasing an oundtrack, ‘BB King: The Life Of Riley’, with songs from the film.¬†Prior to a DVD release later in 2012, ‘BB King: Life Of Riley’ will be showing across the UK on the 15th October at Odeon cinemas across the UK. Click here for details of showings and support the BLUES!