B.B. King

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)

B.B. King

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.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
BB King: The Life of Riley (2014)As: Himself
BB King: Live in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2012)As: Himself
A Place of Our Own (1998)As: Himself (Narrator)
Live Aid (1985)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

In Performance at the White House (2010) 
  Red, White and Blues 01x08: (Feb/27/2012) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 51x01: (Feb/08/2009) As Himself (Performer) 

Soundstage (2003) (2003) 
  B.B. King 07x04: (Jan/29/2009) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Norm MacDonald, Nastia Liukin, B.B. King 16x170: (Aug/26/2008) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Steve Carell, Jarod Miller, B.B. King 14x01: (Sep/19/2005) As Himself 
  Colin Farrell, Bb King, Jeff Beck 11x261: (Jul/31/2003) As Himself - Musical Guest 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Poehler, B.B. King 12x79: (Jan/10/2005) As Himself 
  Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Heather Matarazzo, B.B. King & Tracy Chapman 05x41: (Nov/07/1997) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Kids Tell Jokes, Tracey Ullman, B.B. King 04x77: (Jan/06/1997) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  David Brenner, B.B. King 03x84: (Jan/22/1996) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

American Masters (1986) 
  Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied 16x06: (Apr/23/2003) As Himself 

Christmas in Washington (1982) 
  Christmas in Washington 1999 18x01: (Dec/12/1999) As Himself 

Cow and Chicken (1997) 
  The Cow and Chicken Blues/The Ballad of Cow and Chicke 04x14: (Jul/24/1999) Voiced  Blind Mudpuddle Johnson 

Jools' Annual Hootenanny (1994) 
  1997 01x05: (Dec/31/1997) As Himself 

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  18th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 18x01: (Dec/27/1995) As Himself (Honoree) 

Baywatch Nights (1995) 
  Blues Boy 01x09: (Nov/25/1995) As Himself 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) 
  Bourgie Sings the Blues 06x04: (Oct/09/1995) As Pappy 

New York Undercover (1994) 
  Buster and Claudia 02x06: (Oct/05/1995) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Married ... with Children (1987) 
  Look Who's Barking 05x14: (Feb/10/1991) As Street Singer 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4140 28x95: (Apr/06/1990) As Himself 

The Cosby Show (1984) 
  Not Everybody Loves the Blues 06x17: (Feb/01/1990) As Riley Jackson 

Booker (1989) 
  Someone Stole Lucille 01x09: (Dec/10/1989) As Himself 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  B. B. King / Patrick Hernandez 23x02: (Sep/22/1979) As Himself 
  Stevie Wonder / B. B. King 13x18: (Jan/03/1970) As Himself 

Sanford and Son (1972) 
  Fred Sings the Blues 06x23: (Mar/18/1977) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Helen Reddy 04x36: (Jul/16/1976) As Himself 
  Host: David Brenner / Fleetwood Mac 04x21: (Feb/27/1976) As Himself 
  Host: B.B. King 02x48: (Aug/30/1974) As Himself (Host) 
  Host: Jerry Lee Lewis 02x09: (Nov/09/1973) As Himself 

Soul Train (1971) 
  B.B. King/ The Younghearts/ People Choice 04x28: (Mar/29/1975) As Himself 
  B.B. King/ The Moments 03x07: (Oct/06/1973) As Himself 
  B.B. King/ O.C. Smith/ Patrice Halloway 01x14: (Jan/01/1972) As Himself 

The Flip Wilson Show (1970) 
  Barbara Feldon, B.B. King, Phil Silvers 02x20: (Feb/03/1972) As Himself 
  Sid Caesar, Bobby Darin, B.B. King 01x13: (Dec/17/1970) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  The Carpenters, George Burns, B.B. King 24x05: (Oct/18/1970) As Himself 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  B. B. King; Mel Torme; McCall & Brill; Barbara McNair 02x20: (Apr/15/1970) As Himself 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  B. B. King / Bob Crane 01x16: (Mar/15/1970) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Associates (US) (1979)• Main Title Theme Performed By

Episode Crew

Featured Songs

Cold Case Songs:
Frank's Best + Please Come Home For Christmas 
The Wonder Years Songs:
Steady as She Goes + The Thrill is Gone 
Memphis Beat Songs:
Inside Man + When It All Comes Down 
I Want to Be Free + Worry Worry 
Love Her Tender + The Thrill Is Gone 
New York Undercover Songs:
Buster and Claudia + The Thrill Is Gone 
Entourage Songs:
The Prince's Bride + Why I Sing The Blues 
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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!