It wasn’t a sophisticated sound. It wasn’t complex, it wasn’t elaborating the story of the blues. Small lines. Bits . a couple of notes, a vibrato that never ends, another note. It's all he needed. Nothing to waste, nothing to take the attention off that mystifying sound, that twangy pitch and the abrupt almost laconic phrasing.
BB king often joked about how simple his songs are. He knew who he was, what he knew and what he played, and he was right at home. He said jazz was the big brother of the blues, the one who went to college, and he laughed about his own ignorance when it came to playing anything but the blues. It was that humility, that you rarely see in other kings that made him such a huge icon, by being BB King, by keeping it simple. Very simple.