Something in the Hat

Why B.B. King chose to sing the blues (instead of gospel).

I’d sit on the street corner and just start singing gospel songs because that’s what I wanted to do. And generally people would come by me and they would — you know, they would praise me, pat me on the shoulders and the head, and say, “Keep it up, son. If you continue, you’re going to be good one day.”
But they didn’t put nothing in the hat. But people that would come by and ask me to play the blues would always put something in the hat. Now you know why I’m a blues singer.