King Bee (album)

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King Bee is the fourteenth and final studio album by blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. Released in 1981, it is third in a series of records done for the label Blue Sky Records under producer/guitarist Johnny Winter. Recorded in three days (and in the wake of Muddy's failing health) some of the band members, namely Winter and guitarist Bob Margolin, were not happy with the result. As his health deteriorated, Muddy was forced to cancel an increasing number of shows. He died of a heart attack on April 30, 1983.

The album was recorded in May 1980. A salary dispute between the band and Muddy Waters's manager, Scott Cameron, halted the session. Eventually the album was completed by using a couple of outtakes from 1977's Hard Again.

King Bee
King Bee.jpg
Studio album by Muddy Waters
Released 1981
Recorded May 1980
Genre Blues
Length 39:54
Label Blue Sky
Producer Johnny Winter
Muddy Waters chronology
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters - Live
King Bee
The Chess Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice A–[3]

Track listing

All songs written by McKinley Morganfield, except where indicated.[4]

Original album

  1. "I'm a King Bee" – 3:51 (Slim Harpo)
  2. "Too Young to Know" – 4:31
  3. "Mean Old Frisco" – 3:46 (Arthur Crudup)
  4. "Forever Lonely" – 4:34
  5. "I Feel Like Going Home" – 3:44
  6. "Champagne & Reefer" – 4:37
  7. "Sad Sad Day" – 5:25
  8. "(My Eyes) Keep Me in Trouble" – 3:19 (Hap Walker)
  9. "Deep Down in Florida" – 4:09 (James Burke Oden)
  10. "No Escape from the Blues" – 2:08 (Charles Williams, McKinley Morganfield)

2004 bonus tracks

  1. "I Won't Go On" – 4:18 (James Burke Oden)
  2. "Clouds in My Heart" – 4:18



  1. ^ Koda, Cub. "Review: King Bee". Allmusic. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2004). "Muddy Waters: 'Hard Again'; 'I'm Ready'; 'King Bee'". Blender. New York (June/July). Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 5, 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "KIng Bee (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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