We are very sad to report the legendary & possibly most well-known man in Blues, B.B. King has passed away. He is known to many as the King of Blues music & will be sorely missed.
B.B. was born Riley King on a plantation in Mississippi to 2 sharecroppers in 1925, though he was later raised by his grandmother. King started singing in church & began playing guitar at 12 years old. He bounced between Mississippi & Memphis in his early years, though he began his career in Memphis. He performed at a radio station, later becoming a personality known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, later just Blues Boy or B.B.
He was one of the most important R&B musicians of the 50s & had a massive string of hits. He would become known for being a very active performer, performing a record-breaking 342 shows in just one year. He continued to perform up until just last year when he fell ill & was no longer able. He is in both the Blues & Rock & Roll Hall of Fames, has his own museum in Indianola, Mississippi, & has his own clubs throughout the country.
He is known for many songs, perhaps his biggest being “The Thrill Is Gone”, “Lucille”, which is about his beloved guitar that he ran into a fire to save, “Everyday I Have The Blues”, & “How Blue Can You Get”, just to make a few. He would have made 90 this year.
Rest well to the King of the Blues. Below are his songs Lucille & The Thrill Is Gone, as well as his performance at The White House of Sweet Home Chicago featuring President Obama among others: