B.b. King

B.b. King

September 16th, 1925 - May 14th, 2015

“The blues was bleeding the same blood as me.”


B.B. King was born Riley B. King to Albert and Nora Ella King on September 16th, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi. King is considered one of the most influential blues musicians to have ever lived, earning the nickname “The King of Blues,” and known as one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” along with Albert King and Freddie King.
When King was 4 years old, he came into the care of his maternal grandmother, Elnora Farr, who remained his caretaker throughout his youth. As a young child, King first began singing as a member of the gospel choir of the Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael, Mississippi. He also began playing guitar at an early age, purchasing his first one at the age of 12. King was heavily influenced by the American Delta Blues guitarist and singer, Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White, who was his mother's first cousin. King followed White to Memphis, Tennessee in 1943, where he began to perform more frequently and establish himself and his unique blues guitar sound.
Though King did not experience immediate success with his initial recordings, he gained increased visibility and popularity throughout the 1950s and 1960s, performing as an opening act on The Rolling Stone's 1969 American tour. With his Grammy win in 1970 for his version of "The Thrill is Gone," King became a hit on both the Pop and R&B charts. In 1980, King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, followed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 in acknowledgement of his unique contribution to the musical community.
From the 1980s onward until his death, King maintained a highly active musical career, touring and performing regularly. He told theRolling Stone in an interview in 2013 that, "As you get older, your fingers sometimes swell. But I've missed 18 days in 65 years. Sometimes guys will just take off; I've never done that. If I'm booked to play, I go and play."
After various tour cancelations and periods of hospitalization in late 2014, King announced that he would be going into hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that he died due to complications related to his diabetes May 14th, at around 9:30pm.

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Name B.b. King
Date of Birth September 16th, 1925
Date of Death May 14th, 2015
Home Town Berclair, MS, US 
Other City Las Vegas, NV, US 
Interests Music, The Blues
Favourite Saying “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”


Funeral Home TBD
Cemetery TBD
Location TBD
Geolocation 45.536608, -73.6496848


1925 Born Riley B. King in Berclair, Mississippi
1929 Moves to live with his grandmother in Kilmichael, Mississippi
1943 Leaves Kilmichael, Mississippi to work as a tractor driver in Inverness, Mississippi
1946 Moves to Memphis, Tennessee with Bukka White to pursue his music career
1946 Marries Martha Lee Denton
1949 Begins recording songs under contract with RPM Records
1952 “3 O'Clock Blues” is King's first single to reach number on on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart
1958 Marries Sue Carol Hall
1962 Signed to ABC-Paramount records
1964 Recorded the Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
1970 Wins Grammy Award for “The Thrill is Gone”
1980 Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame
1987 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1990 Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H. W. Bush
1991 B.B. King's Blues Club opened in Memphis, Tennessee
2002 Signed as an official supporter of the nonprofit organization, Little Kids Rock, that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children
2004 Awarded the international Polar Music Prize
2006 Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush
2006 Went on a “farewell” world tour
2008 The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre
2011 Rolling Stone ranks King as number 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time
2014 B.B. King Dies at 89


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Georgia published a tribute .

You were (and are) one of my favourite artists. The Thrill is Gone has always been one of my absolute favourite songs :)

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Mandy Benoualid published a tribute .

Thank you so much for all you have contributed to music! I'll never stop listening! <3

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