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Itta Bena, Mississippi
Soul-Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Early R&B, R&B, Memphis Blues, Regional Blues
Earnest, Amiable/Good-Natured, Refined/Mannered, Passionate, Wistful, Reflective, Gritty, Dramatic, Sophisticated, Intimate, Organic, Laid-Back/Mellow, Poignant, Rollicking, Elegant, Stylish, Earthy, Cheerful, Happy, Confident, Joyous
Guitar, Songwriter, Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Leader
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.
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B. B. King (born Riley B. King, September 16, 1925) is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Critical acclaim and widespread popularity have cemented his reputation as one of the most respected and successful blues musicians. Rolling Stone magazine named him the third-greatest guitarist of "the 100 greatest guitarists of all time".
B. B. King arrived in Memphis for the first time in 1946 to work as a musician, but after a few months of hardship he left, going back to Mississippi. There he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit and returned to Memphis two years later. Initially he worked at the local R&B radio channel WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, where he gained the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", later shortened to "B. B.". It was there that he first met T-Bone Walker - "Once I`d heard him for the first time, I knew I`d have to have [an electric guitar] myself. Had to have one, short of stealing!" In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King`s early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which got a bad review in Billboard magazine and did not chart well.
In the 1950s, B. B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music, amassing an impressive list of hits including "You Know I Love You," "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta Love," "You Upset Me Baby," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sneakin` Around," "Ten Long Years," "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," "On My Word of Honor," and "Please Accept My Love." In 1962, B. B. King signed to ABC-Paramount Records, which was later absorbed into MCA Records, and then his current label, Geffen Records.
In November 1964, King recorded the Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
King`s first success outside the blues market was his 1969 remake of Roy Hawkins` tune "The Thrill Is Gone." King`s version became a hit on both pop and R&B charts, which was rare for an R&B artist. It also gained the number 183 spot in Rolling Stone magazine`s "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". He gained further rock visibility as an opening act on The Rolling Stones` 1969 American Tour. King`s mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love."
The 1980s, 1990s and 2000s saw King recording less and less. Yet throughout this time he maintained a highly visible and active career, appearing on numerous television shows and performing 300 nights a year. In 1988 King reached a new generation of fans with the single “When Love Comes to Town”, a collaborative effort between King and the Irish band U2 (on their Rattle and Hum album). In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record Riding With the King. In 1998 B. B. King appeared in The Blues Brothers 2000, playing the part of the lead singer of the Louisiana Gator Boys, along with Clapton, Dr. John, Koko Taylor and Bo Diddley.
In 2003, King shared the stage with the rock band Phish in New Jersey, performing three of his classics and jamming with the band for over 45 minutes.
In June 2006, King was present at a memorialization of his first radio broadcast at the Three Deuces Building in Greenwood, Mississippi, where an official marker of the Mississippi Blues Trail was erected.
B. B. King also made an appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival II, established by Eric Clapton in Chicago Illinois on July 28, 2007. On the DVD, he plays "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" and "Rock Me Baby" with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin. In the live broadcast, he offered a toast to the concert`s host, Eric Clapton, and philosophized about his age and life. This never made it in its entirety to the subsequently released PBS broadcast or Crossroads II DVD.
In June 2006, a groundbreaking was held for a new B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. The museum opened on September 13, 2008.
B. B. King was also the final performer at the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 8, 2008.
In June 2008, B. B. King was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame alongside Liza Minnelli and Sir James Galway.
In July 2008, Sirius/XM Radio`s Bluesville channel was re-named B. B. King`s Bluesville.
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Blues, R&b, Electric Blues, Blues Rock
Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Geffen/Interscope/Universal, Bullet Records, RPM Records, Crown, Abc, McA, Reprise/Warner Bros., Virgin/EMI
Bobby Bland, Eric Clapton, U2
Place of Death
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
R&b, Blues Rock
Bullet, Rpm, Abc, McA
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R&B, blues rock
RPM, ABC, MCA
rhythm and blues
Kent, BluesWay, Geffen
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