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I'm a King Bee
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I'm a King Bee
Jordan Phillips teaches “I’m a King Bee” by The Rolling Stones
 
This classic delta blues standard was written in 1957, by Slim Harpo. It was released as a B-side on his then debut single called I Got Loving If You Want It. After that, the song was recorded by The Stones and was featured on their very first major label album released to the public in 1964. 
 
Though it was never released as a single, it has stood the test of time and is still considered to be one of the most important songs of the Delta Blues era. Interestingly enough, it was just recently awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for its historical and qualitative significance. It has also been covered by the likes of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, and The Grateful Dead. Not bad for a song that has never officially charted. 
 
This is a great song to work on some swung 12 bar blues. It’s all very simple.... just a few chords and all of the solos and auxiliary guitar parts are very simple as well.

Jordan plays a Gibson Custom ES-335 Block Inlay in this lesson.



Jordan Phillips
    Jordan Phillips was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He picked up a guitar when he was 10 years old. Since then he has been writing, recording, and touring playing rock and roll music. In 2004, he relocated to Nashville, TN where he is now the lead singer and guitar player in the pop/rock band The Kicks. The Kicks have recorded 2 albums (with their 3rd releasing in September 2012) and have spent the past 4 years in North America and Central America, touring and opening for the likes of John Mayer, Los Lonely Boys, Rooney, and Hot Chelle Rae. They also appeared on Austin City Limits in 2011.

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"I'M A KING BEE"
by The Rolling Stones
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Lesson Details
Skill Level:
Intermediate
Genres:
Rock
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