Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 15 May 2015

B. B. King, "Beale Street Blues Boy" (and the Vinyl we Nearly Lost)

We heard the news today that blues legend B. B. King has died in Las Vegas aged 89.  Rather to our surprise, the Whittaker Library has just one vinyl record - "Six Silver Strings", which was his 50th album.  Not good enough?  

Actually, you're lucky to see this image - the album slipped down the back of a bookcase while Karen was taking a photo of it. The tale of its rescue is another story entirely!  Suffice to say, it is still in stock, safe and sound, and available for our staff and students to enjoy.  (Here.)

If you're a student or staff colleague at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, you could also visit Alexander Street Press's online Jazz Music Library, where you would find the "B. B. King Blues theme" on an album, Luminescence Disc 2.

Broadening your search, if you investigate the whole Alexander Street Press Music and Arts database, you'll find a number of recordings and plenty of literature about this famous artiste.

You can perform both these searches by searching the databases via the Whittaker Library Electronic Resources page.  Just goes to show that although it's easy enough to get by with Google, there is also a lot of premium information out there that you can access if your library subscribes to it.  So don't just think, "Google" (or even "Google plus") - think "Google AND my library's Electronic Resources" - you'll be surprised what you find.
We are the very helpful Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to assist our students and staff with their information needs. If our library members need any help with using our electronic resources, just ask! We now have a Library Chat facility on our catalogue homepage, too.

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