Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925. He would have turned 92 years old now. Known as B.B.King, he was one of the best electric guitarist ever. He was also a blues singer, songwriter and record producer. Let’s share some facts about him.
He was born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and worked at a cotton gin in Indianola.
His mother left his father for another man and he was raised by his grandmother, Elnora Farr, since he was 4 years old.
B. King started singing in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church. He was attracted to the Church of God in Christ because of the music.
The minister, who led worship with a Silvertone guitar, taught his first three chords.
He bought his first guitar for 15 dollars. King performed in juke joints and local radio.
King gave to his guitars the name Lucille. They were usually Gibson guitars.
15 Grammy Awards won and 6 more times nominated during his whole llife.
B. King is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. The King of the Blues is his nickname.
Along with Albert King and Freddie King is one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar”.
We cannot say King was a lazy musician at all. He appeared at 342 shows in 1956 and at more than 200 concerts per years on average into his 70s.
His favourite singer was Frank Sinatra and he always said the actor opened doors to black entertainers who couldn’t even play in the “white-dominated” venues.
King was diabetic and he was involved in several campaigns to spread of awareness of this illness, even starring in commercials.
King died in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 89, in 2015.
His funeral procession led down Beale Street in Memphis, thousands of people lined the streets to listen the brass band marching and playing “When the Saints Go Marching in”.
B.King is believed to have fathered 15 children by 15 different women an even after his death some more claimed him as their father.
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