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BB King
Riley B. King, known as B.B. King, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He introduced an intricate solo style based on loose strings, shimmering vibrations and scale selection that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. AllMusic has recognized King as "the most important electric guitarist of the second half of the 20th century". King was introduced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, dubbed the "King of Blues", and considered one of "The Three Kings of Blues". Guitar. "King played non-stop throughout his musical career, averaging more than 200 concerts a year until the age of 70. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 concerts. King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and later worked in a ginning factory in Indianola, Mississippi.
Birth name Riley B. King
Born September 16, 1925, Berclair, Mississippi, U.S.
Died May 14, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres Electric blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1942–2014
Labels RPM, Crown, Kent, ABC, BluesWay, MCA, Geffen

About BB King

Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 for his song"The Thrill Is Gone".

BB King before fame

Because his mother was unable to care for him, he was raised by his grandmother. His mother's cousin, Guitarist Bukka White, gave him his first guitar.

Achievement of BB King

He gave his electric guitar the name Lucille. In 2005, one of his biographers stated that he had 50 grandchildren.

BB King family life

He married Martha Lee Denton on November 11, 1944, and after their divorce in 1952, he married Sue Carol Hall on June 4, 1958. His three daughters are Patty, Claudette, and Shirley.

Associations of BB King

Several great guitarists, including Guitarist Eric Clapton and Guitarist Jimi Hendrix, were influenced by him.

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King of genre B.B. Mississippi - African Americans in Mississippi are residents of the state of Mississippi with African American ancestry. According to estimates from the 2019 US Census, African Americans make up 37.8% of the state's population.. B.B. King's Bluesville - B.B. King's Bluesville is a Sirius XM radio dedicated to blues music. He plays a mix of traditional blues, modern blues, rockin 'blues and soul or finger-poppin blues. Bill Wax was the channel's original program director until he left SiriusXM in June 2013. Honorary Nicknames in Mass Music - Nicknames in popular music are terms used, most often in the media or by fans, to indicate the importance of a technology Monastic and often religious, family or royal titles and aristocratic, used metaphorically.. Artists from the Federal Archives. American gospel musician. Blues gospel musician. Artists from RPM Records (USA). Memphis blues musician. Jammy Prize Winner. Kent Records artists. Sun Records artists. The Mississippi Blues Trail. Blues musician. American blues singer-songwriter. Artists from Geffen Records. African-American rock musician. African American guitarist. Mississippi blues musician. Musicians from Memphis, Tennessee. Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award Winner. American Protestants. Honored by the Kennedy Center. American rhythm and blues musicians. Winner of the national heritage scholarship. Mississippi Musicians. Electric blues musician. Recipient of the United States National Medal of the Arts. MCA Records artists. Virgin Records artists. Commanders of the Order of Arts and Letters. African-American singer-songwriter. African American singer. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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BB King: a guide to his best albums

At the time of BB King's death in May 2015, the man born Riley B King in mid-20s Mississippi was the undisputed King Of The Blues. The ‘Blues Boy’ survived brutal racism, extreme poverty and even a brief association with U2 to endure as the ambassador for a style of music that has defied being written off countless times.Stylistically, BB King’s first few albums were heavily indebted to his idol T-Bone Walker, but by the early 60s he was his own man, and a powerful influence on a gang of white kids in London that included Peter Green, future Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and those two’s predecessor in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton. “If you’re not familiar with his work,” said Clapton, “I would encourage you to go out and find an album called Live At The Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player.”Released in 1965, Live At The Regal, the first of BB King’s masterpieces, finds an artist in complete control of his audience. While many blues performers were backtracking on their careers to satisfy a new white Delta blues-obsessed audience, King gave his predominantly black followers exactly what he wanted: progression. His music took on elements of jazz, funk and soul while never obscuring his first love, the blues.When he did cross over to a young white rock audience at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium on June 6, 1968, it was on his own terms. At a time when his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were talked into cutting career-low psychedelic shit to pander to the hippies [Electric Mud in ’68 and The Howlin’ Wolf Album in ’69 respectively], BB King went in the opposite direction. With The Thrill Is Gone, from his ’69 album Completely Well, he recorded a new, sophisticated blues, augmented with orchestral strings.Even in his dotage, BB King maintained a punishing touring schedule. No one, to paraphrase one of his classics, paid a higher cost to be the boss, and despite his wealth, he feared slowing down: “If we don’t work, how we gonna eat?”That work ethic, forged in the poverty he experienced as a child, is there in his discography too. When he released Completely Well in 1969, he was already on his 17th studio record....
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