B.B. King, singer, guitarist
Guitarist ~ Singer
birth name: Riley B. King

B.B. King

September 16, 1925, Indianola, MS ~ May 14, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

When you don't have much money, you worry that they'll just put you in the ground someplace and your loved ones won't know where you are. ~ B.B. King

“Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said, to make the audience understand what I’m trying to do more,” King said in 2006. “When I’m singing, I don’t want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.” ~ The Guardian: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © The Guardian

Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. His bent notes and staccato picking style have influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice - capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric - provides a worthy match for his passionate playing. ~ Allmusic: B.B. King ~ retrieved September 12, 2013 © Allmusic

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In the early part of his career, he played to exclusively black audiences, but his heartfelt vocals and undeniable talent saw him embraced by a much broader fanbase as time went on - touring Europe and topping the charts. Younger musicians such as Clapton and Steve Miller, who admired his work, introduced him to a new generation of fans in the late '60s with hits like The Thrill is Gone. […] His career was reignited in the late 1980s when he duetted with U2 on When Love Comes To Town. At the turn of the millennium, aged 75, he once again achieved major commercial success with the Eric Clapton collaboration Riding With the King. “King's is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong's once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. “You don't have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.” ~ BBC News: B.B. King Obituary ~ May 15, 2015 © BBC News

B.B. King ~ Awarded a Presidential Medal Of Freedom by president George W. Bush in 2006.

In 2012 two B.B. King albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #95 Live In Cook County Jail (1971) ~ #24 Live At The Regal (1965)

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