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Saturday 22 October 2016

Flashback: BB King performs at concert celebrating legendary fight between George Foreman and Mohammad Ali in Africa in 1974

Published 15/05/2015 | 10:39

The legendary BB King passed away yesterday at his home in Las Vegas aged 89.

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Back in 1974 he was already enjoying legend status when he was invited to perform at one of the great fights of the century between George Foreman and Mohammad Ali in Zaire.

Sponsored by the government of Zaire, it was a celebration of black sports and entertainment.

Consequently, America's most popular black artists were invited to entertain the many thousands of people from around the world who had come to see the battle.

Among these great entertainers was King, performing for an audience of more than 50,000 fans.


Their shows were shot in 35mm on six cameras and directed by Leon Gast who recently won an Academy Award for When We Were Kings.

If you look closely you will see Muhammad Ali in the audience of both shows.

Classic BB King live performance including the songs To Know You Is To Love You, I Believe In My Soul, Why I Sing The Blues, Ain't Nobody Home, Sweet Sixteen, The Thrill Is Gone, Guess Who, and I Like To Live The Song.

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