"How Blue Can You Get?" is the third track from the album B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail. Live in Cook County Jail was released in 1971 and recorded in Cook County Jail, Chicago, Illinois. It spent three weeks at #1 on the Soul Albums chart. The album cover of the original release was textured like prison denim. The album was included at #499 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.