This Day In Blues. The Blues Ambassador: B.B. KING
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015). The ‘King of the Blues’ would be 91 today. Listen to B.B. King's 5 Greatest Live Performances!
B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 in near Berclair, Mississippi, US as Riley Ben King.
In the history of all music, there has never been a guitar associated with one musician quite like blues legend B.B. King is linked to his beloved Lucille a custom-built Gibson ES-355 manufactured exclusively for the true King of the Blues since 1980. And B.B. King is not only the most renowned blues musician of our time; he’s also one of the most important electric guitarists of all-time. His singular bluesy style has influenced generations of players across genres, and his powerful and distinct songs have appeared on the charts more than 70 times,
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Won 15 Grammys and sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
B.B. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Listen to B.B. King's 5 Greatest Live Performances
‘Worry Worry' (Live at the Regal', 1965)
'Live in Cook County Jail' (1971)
'All Over Again’ (Live in Japan, 1989)
‘3 O’Clock Blues’ (Live with Bobby Bland, 1974)
‘The Thrill Is Gone’ (Live in Africa '74', 1991)