Date of Birth
B.B. (Bluesboy) King was born Riley Ben King, 16 September 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA.
Sue Carol Hall (4 June 1958 – 1966) (divorced)
Martha Lee Denton (11 November 1944 – 1952) (divorced)
Trade Mark: His Black Gibson ES-355 guitar, named “Lucille” and his vibrato-finger technique on the guitar.
Is one of the most talented and celebrated electric-blues artists of the late 20th Century. He has recorded between 90 to 100 blues albums over the course of his singing career and is known for refining electric-blues more than any other blues artist, (a genre invented by the late great Muddy Waters).
Claims to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women.
He plays a Gibson B.B. King Lucille. The model he plays used to have a Gibson number name, but starting in 1982, after making some special modifications per King’s requests, the guitar became the Lucille model.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Diabetic since 1990.
Is a vegetarian.
Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, on May 24th 2004.
Mentioned in the song “Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me” by Reunion.
He is a blues musician and singer.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
Mentioned in “Dig It” by The Beatles.
Performed a duet with U2 “When love comes to town” from the Album Rattle and Hum.
Is a non smoker, non drinker, and a Licensed pilot.
Owns Blues Clubs in Memphis, New York City and Los Angeles.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Personal Quotes by B.B.
About 15 times, a lady has said: ‘It’s either me or Lucille.’ That’s why I’ve had 15 children by 15 women.
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!
(when asked what he’d do differently, could he live his life over) “I would have finished high school.”
Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin’, too.
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