Playing with famous acts such as Stevie Wonder, Issac Hayes, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Spinners and James Brown, he gained knowledge and reputation, and was eventually asked to join Duke Ellington’s band. Bolden would join B.B. King’s Blues Band and eventually became leader of that world famous band. A member of the King’s Blues Band for more than 30 years, it was B.B. King who gave Bolden the nickname “Boogaloo” because of Bolden’s restless feet.
James “Boogaloo” Bolden has had quite a career. He’s played with Duke Ellington, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, the Temptations… But Boogaloo is best known for his 30 years with B.B. King, 20 of them as band leader. That’s a Million Dollar Resume.