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

The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it. ~ 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

In the early Fifties King was a disc jockey on the Memphis black station WDIA, where he was dubbed the “Beale Street Blues Boy.” Eventually, Blues Boy was shortened to B.B., and the nickname stuck. ~ Rolling Stone: B.B. King ~ retrieved September 8, 2013 © Rolling Stone

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September 16, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Seal, Kiss From A Rose ~ #2 (2) Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone ~ #1 (1) Coolio featuring L.V., Gangsta's Paradise


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 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.

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)

B.B. King ~ Live At The Regal (1965) ~ Ranked #141 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Recorded in Chicago in 1964, as a new audience of white rock fans was discovering the blues, Live At The Regal is B.B. King's definitive live set. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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