Mostly Credited As: B.B. King
Sometimes Credited As: B.B. King and The Jungle Brothers
B.B. King & The Jungle Brothers
Birth Name: Riley Ben King
Date Of Birth: September 16, 1925 (Age 89)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Itta Bena, Mississippi
Date Of Death: May 14, 2015
Cause Of Death: complications from diabetes
Height: 5' 9 ¾" (1.77 m)
Born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bene, Mississippi, B.B. King knew from the very beginning what he wanted to do with his life - play music. From standing on a street corner to earn a little money to eventually hitchhiking north to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1947 to pursue his dream. He quickly received his first big break in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady performance engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten minute spot on black staffed and managed radio station WDIA. In 1956, B.B. scored his first number one hit: "Three O'Clock Blues" and since then has toured, recorded and played with some of the most famous people in the music industry. Now a legend in his own right, B.B. has secured his well deserved place in music history as the most renowned and respected blues musician of the last half century.
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B.B. King is the only performer to not lip-synch on American Bandstand.
B. B. stands for Blues Boy.
B.B. has been married and divorced twice. The first time to Martha Lee Denton (11 November 1944 - 1952) and then to Sue Carol Hall (4 June 1958 - 1966).
His Black Gibson ES-355 guitar is named "Lucille".
B.B. claims to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women.
B.B. is a vegetarian.
He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990.
King's middle initial "B" is just that, it is not an abbreviation.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C..
B.B. King Quotes
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.
B.B.: Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!