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B.B. King Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Riley B. King was born 16 September 1925 near Berclair, Mississippi USA, to cotton share croppers, and became acclaimed as one the best blues musicians of all time, being named ‘The King of Blues’, and with Albert King and Freddie King was one of the ‘Three Kings of the Blues Guitar’. Sadly, King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, Nevada on 14 May 2015.

So just how rich was B.B. King? Sources have estimated that B.B.’s net worth was over $30 million at the time of his passing, his wealth having been earned as a singer, guitarist and songwriter during his career in the music industry stretching over more than 70 years.

B.B. King Net Worth $30 Million

B.B. King was raised by his grandparents after his mother left the family. In his childhood King sang in the  church gospel choir, and began playing the guitar from around the age of 12. In his late teens, he began performing casually with various groups in Mississippi and Memphis, but became a regular after performing on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program in 1948 on Memphis radio station WIDA. He also worked as a disc jockey and singer, during which period he was nicknamed the Beale Street Blues Boy, afterwards shortened to Blues Boy and later to just B. B. This was the start of his professional career, and the opening of his net worth account.

Many of King’s early recordings starting around 1950 were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. B.B. assembled his own band, the B.B. King Review and had a recording contract with RPM Records. King also began writing compositions, with the help of trained musician Onzie Horne as, by his own admission, King could not play chords well and in fact relied on improvisation throughout his career.

Then began King’s never-ending touring, at which he was a master, much preferring live shows to recording. Even in his later years, B.B. King was playing more than 100 concerts per year, cutting down the number because of exhaustion from the number which, for most of his career, was more than 200 concerts per year, and in 1956 a record total for a musician of 342. Of course there is no doubt that these were also a very big source of King’s net worth.

In 1952, B.B. King had his first #1 hit “3 O’Clock Blues” on the Billboard R & B chart. From that point, B.B. became one of the stars of R&B and blues music, which status he maintained for the rest of his life. His major hits included “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”. These led to a significant increases in his net worth, and in the early years saw increase from less than $100 a week to well over $2,000, assisted by many concert appearances  including in famous theatres such as the Apollo in New York and Howard in Washington.

B.B. King founded his own record label also in 1956, producing both his own and other artists’ recordings at his Beale Street studio in Memphis. He also widened his music appeal, over the coming years, for example among rock audiences by joining The Rolling Stones tour in 1969, then with the single  “When Love Comes to Town”, in collaboration with the Irish band U2, which gained worldwide success. In 1997, B.B. performed in the Vatican’s fifth annual Christmas concert,  in 1998 he appeared in the film “The Blues Brothers 2000” along with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Koko Taylor and Bo Diddley, and in 2000 he joined Eric Clapton again to record the album “Riding With the King”, which won the Grammy Award that year for Best Traditional Blues Album.

There was never a let-up in touring with B.B., even in the last few years. In 2011, King played at the  Glastonbury Music Festival and the Royal Albert Hall in the UK; in 2012, King was among the performers at “the White House: Red, White and Blues”, during which President Barack Obama sang part of “Sweet Home Chicago”.  Also in 2012, King performed a concert at the Byblos International Festival, in Lebanon, and then in 2013 at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

During his long career, B.B. King released 138 singles, 43 studio albums, 12 compilation albums and 16 live albums. The most successful B. B. King albums were “Deuces Wild” released in 1997 and certified gold in US and platinum in Canada,  and the aforementioned “Riding with the King” certified twice platinum in US, platinum in Canada, and gold in Australia. His rich discography undoubtedly was one of the major sources of King’s net worth.

B.B. King’s most beloved music genre was blues, however, he has also performed R&B, Pop and other music genres. Needless to mention the fact that B.B. King’s net worth rose after his work was honoured or awarded. From 1971 he won fifteen Grammy Awards for the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording, Best Traditional Blues Recording, Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In honour of his lifetime activities he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Other notable awards which helped King’s net worth rise were an honorary Doctor of Music by Yale University, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom and others.

In his personal life, B.B. King was first married to Martha Lee Denton (1946-52), and then to Sue Carol Hall (1958-66). However, it has been suggested that King is the father of fifteen children and has many grandchildren. One of his hobby’s was flying, and he was a FAA-licensed Private Pilot from 1963. B.B. suffered with diabetes for the last 20 years of his life, frequently speaking out about the disease, and publicising it through the medium commercials for relevant medications.

Riley B. King information

Riley B. King information

Birth date: September 16, 1925
Birth place: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
Death date: May 14, 2015
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Profession:Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer, Actor, Composer
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Martha Lee Denton (1946-1952), Sue Carol Hall (1958-1966)
Children:Patty King, Shirley King, Claudette King

More about Riley B. King:

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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Supernatural2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The X Factor2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012Documentary performer: "Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "To Know You is to Love You", "How Blue Can You Get", "Caldonia", "Hummingbird", "Hold On I Fell Our Love is Changing", "When Love Comes to Town", "Messy But Good", "On My Word of Honor", "Chains and Things", "Five Years Long", "Blues Boy Tune", "Riding With the King" / writer: "Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "Chains and Things", "Blues Boy Tune"
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
True BloodTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Soul Power2008Documentary performer: "Thrill Is Gone"
Dame veneno2007Documentary performer: "Bolleré"
American Masters2007TV Series documentary 1 episode
Entourage2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Unaccompanied Minors2006performer: "Please Come Home for Christmas"
The Ultimate Gift2006performer: "The Thrill is Gone"
LostTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
The Fear (El Miedo)2006performer: "In The Midnight Hour" extract
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Yes2004/Iperformer: "TEN LONG YEARS" / writer: "TEN LONG YEARS" - as Ridley B. King
The BluesTV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2003 writer - 2 episodes, 2003
Calendar Girls2003performer: "You Upset Me Baby" / writer: "You Upset Me Baby"
As Filhas da Mãe2001TV Series performer: "You Don't Know Me"
Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Joe Cool"
7th Heaven2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aleph, lectures contadesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Play It to the Bone1999performer: "Dangerous Mood"
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999TV Movie performer: "Fur Slippers"
Payback1999/Iperformer: "The Thrill Is Gone"
Marriages1998performer: "Let the good times roll"
Safe Men1998performer: "Chains and Things" / writer: "Chains and Things"
The Mighty1998performer: "Let the Good Times Roll" 1956
Species II1998performer: "Don't Answer the Door"
The Rainmaker1997performer: "How Blue Can You Get"
Die furchtlosen Vier1997performer: "Life is One Long Rainy Day", "Hand in Hand", "What Can Go Wrong", "Mix Max - Song", "Song of Freedom"
Ghosts of Mississippi1996performer: "The Thrill is Gone"
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan1996TV Movie documentary performer: "Telephone Song", "Six Strings Down", "Tick Tock", "SRV Shuffle"
Heaven's Prisoners1996performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", "Don't Answer The Door, Parts One And Two"
When We Were Kings1996Documentary performer: "Sweet Sixteen" / writer: "Sweet Sixteen"
Heat1995performer: "The Thrill Is Gone"
Casino1995performer: "The Thrill Is Gone"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony1995TV Movie writer: "Gamblers Blues"
Chicago Hope1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chasers1994performer: "THE THRILL IS GONE"
Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana1994arranger: "Think It Over" / writer: "Think It Over"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary arranger: "Sweet Little Angel" / performer: "Sweet Little Angel"
Mrs. Doubtfire1993performer: "Stormy Monday Blues"
Heart and Souls1993performer: "The Thrill Is Gone"
The Fugitive1993performer: "The Thrill Is Gone" 1951
What's Love Got to Do with It1993writer: "Darlin' You Know I Love You" / writer: "Rock Me Baby" - as Riley King
Teech1991TV Series performer: "Teach Me"
Thelma & Louise1991performer: "Better Not Look Down"
Air America1990performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time"
Derrick1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown!1990TV Special documentary performer: "Joe Cool"
Next of Kin1989performer: "My Sweet Understanding Lady" / writer: "My Sweet Understanding Lady"
The Wonder Years1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
U2: Rattle and Hum1988Documentary performer: "When Love Comes To Town"
Stormy Monday1988performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", " Call It Stormy Monday"
The Color of Money1986performer: "Standing On The Edge"
Jimi Plays Monterey1986Documentary writer: "Rock Me Baby"
Live Aid1985TV Special documentary performer: "Why I Sing the Blues", "I don't want you", "Rock me Baby" / writer: "Why I Sing the Blues"
Into the Night1985performer: "INTO THE NIGHT", "MY LUCILLE", "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR"
B.B. King: Into the Night1985Video documentary short performer: "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR"
WKRP in CincinnatiTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1982 performer - 2 episodes, 1979 - 1982
The Associates1979TV Series performer: "Wall Street Blues"
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?1979performer: "The Thrill is Gone"
FM1978performer: "The Key To My Kingdom"
Sanford and Son1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let the Church Say Amen!1974Documentary performer: "Midnight" / writer: "Midnight"
Sing Sing Thanksgiving1974Documentary performer: "How Blue Can You Get?", "Guess Who", "I Got Some Help I Don't Need" / writer: "I Got Some Help I Don't Need"
Jimi Hendrix1973Documentary writer: "Rock Me, Baby"
The Seven Minutes1971performer: "Seven Minutes"
Dynamite Chicken1971performer: "I Want You So Bad"
Maidstone1970writer: "Rock Me Baby"
Music SceneTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
Sesame Street1969TV Series performer: "Yakety Yak - Take it Back"
For Love of Ivy1968"You Put It on Me"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 20132013Video
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999TV MovieThe Bluesman
Cow and Chicken1999TV SeriesBlind Mud Puddle Johnson
Blues Brothers 20001998Malvern Gasperon
Die furchtlosen Vier1997Fred (English version, voice, as B. B. King)
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesB B King
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1995TV SeriesPappy
Teech1991TV SeriesUncle Isaac
Married with Children1991TV SeriesStreet Singer
The Cosby Show1990TV SeriesRiley Jackson
Spies Like Us1985Ace Tomato Agent
Give My Poor Heart Ease1977
Sanford and Son1977TV SeriesB.B. King

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Henry2000Video musician - electric guitar
Garfield Gets a Life1991TV Movie vocals
Booker1989TV Series songs performed by - 1 episode
Into the Night1985musician
The AssociatesTV Series vocal - 1 episode, 1980 singer - 1 episode, 1979

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Henry2000Video music composed and produced by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zexzz: Ternopolis2015Video short in memory of
A Tale of Two Schools2003TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
25th Anniversary Essence Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Performer
A Night to Die for1995TV Short documentaryHimself
Live at the Joint1995TV SpecialHimself
The Memphis Sound: A Tribute to Our City's Music1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
B.B. King: Live at the Woodlands1994TV MovieHimself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Heart and Souls1993Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-01993TV Special documentaryHimself
Mr. Bluesman1993Himself
Blossom1993TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: The Travels of Gatemouth Moore1992Documentary
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986-1992TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990-1992TV SeriesHimself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard1991TV SeriesHimself
Leyendas de la guitarra1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1991TV SeriesHimself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Guitar1991Video documentaryB. B. King
All Day and All Night: Memories from Beale Street Musicians1990TV ShortHimself
You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown!1990TV Special documentaryHimself
U2: LoveTown1989TV Short documentaryVocals, Guitar
The South Bank Show1989TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Big World Cafe1989TV SeriesHimself
U2: Rattle and Hum1988DocumentaryHimself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show1987TV MovieHimself
Amazon Women on the Moon1987Himself (segment "Blacks Without Soul")
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die1986Video documentaryHimself
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHimself
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
B.B. King: Into the Night1985Video documentary shortHimself
Live from Her Majesty's1984TV SeriesHimself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Elvis Presley - Die frühen Jahre1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHimself
The Crystal Gayle Special1979TV MovieHimself
New American Bandstand 19651979TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Captain & Tennille Songbook1979TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1978TV SeriesHimself - Blues Musician / Himself - Jazz Vocalist / Himself - Blues Vocalist
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
B.B. King: Live in Africa1974DocumentaryHimself
Dinah!1974TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1974TV SeriesHimself - Host
Soul Train1972-1974TV Series documentaryGuest / Himself
Sing Sing Thanksgiving1974DocumentaryHimself - Performer
In Session1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHimself
Blues Under the Skin1973DocumentaryBluesman
The Real George Carlin1973TV SpecialHimself
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Black Rodeo1972DocumentaryHimself
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
Flip1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now1971Documentary shortHimself
Rollin' on the River1971TV SeriesHimself
Medicine Ball Caravan1971DocumentaryHimself
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guitarist
...And Beautiful II1970TV MovieHimself - Guitarist
Sesame Street1970TV SeriesHimself
The Barbara McNair Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Soul!1970TV SeriesHimself
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesSinger
Baff - Fast eine Sendung1968TV SeriesHimself
Beat-Club1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Born in Chicago2013Documentary post-productionHimself
Lead Belly: Life, Legend, LegacyDocumentary post-productionHimself
The Art of McCartney2014Video documentaryHimself
John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly2014Documentary
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Music for Mandela2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee / Singer / Musician
Turn It Up!2013DocumentaryHimself
Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores2012DocumentaryHimself
A.K.A. Doc Pomus2012Documentary
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
Kenny Burrell: Master2012TV Movie documentary
Papagordo. En casa de Raimundo Amador2011DocumentaryHimself
B.B. King: Live2011VideoHimself
Glastonbury 20112011TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1994-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guitarist
National Memorial Day Concert2011TV Movie documentary
The National Christmas Tree Lighting2010TV SpecialHimself
Ray Charles America2010DocumentaryHimself
The Gulf Is Back2010TV MovieHimself
Crossroads Guitar Festival2010VideoHimself
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHimself
Na plovárne2009TV SeriesHimself
One Shoe Blues2009ShortHimself
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Soundstage2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2008TV SpecialHimself
The Story of the Guitar2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
American Masters2003-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The States2007TV Series documentaryHimself (Mississippi)
10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads2007Video documentaryHimself
The Heaven and Earth Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Ruth Brown: Better Late Than Never2005DocumentaryHimself
Time Out2005TV SeriesHimself
Soul of the Delta2005Documentary shortHimself
The 5 Keys to Mastery2005Video documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
Buried Alive in the Blues2005Video documentary
The History Makers2005Video documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography2004-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles2004TV SpecialHimself
Crossroads Guitar Festival2004Video documentaryHimself
Remember the '70s: Greatest Hits Live2004VideoHimself
Antone's: Home of the Blues2004DocumentaryHimself
35th NAACP Image Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Lightning in a Bottle2004DocumentaryHimself
The 46th Annual Grammy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Musician (segment "King Solomon")
An Evening with B.B. King2003TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
Söndagsöppet2003TV SeriesHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Live by Request: BB King2003TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Elvis Lives2003TV SpecialHimself
Save Our History2002TV Series documentaryHimself
U2: The Best of 1980-19902002Video documentaryHimself (segment "When Love Comes To Town")
23rd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Sounds of Memphis2002TV Movie documentary
22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Blues Odyssey2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Roots Music2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live!2001DocumentaryHimself
The Young and the Restless2001TV SeriesHimself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley2001Video documentaryHimself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The 10 Commandments of Creativity2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Very Special Christmas from Washington, D.C.2000TV SpecialMusical Performance
Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll2000Video documentaryHimself
The Jazz Channel Presents B.B. King2000Video documentaryHimself
Blues Masters1999Video documentary
Christmas in Washington1999TV MovieHimself
Pavarotti & Friends 99 for Guatemala and Kosovo1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
CNN World Beat1999TV SeriesHimself
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Genghis Blues1999DocumentaryHimself
TFI Friday1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 1998 MOBO Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award
The Making of 'Blues Brothers 2000'1998Video documentary shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHimself
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Wired for Sound: A Guitar Odyssey1997DocumentaryHimself
Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Austin City Limits1983-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
1995 Billboard Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Baywatch Nights1995TV SeriesHimself
New York Undercover1995TV SeriesHimself
B.B. King: The Blues Summit1995TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2016TV SeriesHimself
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards2016TV MovieHimself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Get All That, Ant?2015Documentary
Glastonbury Golden Greats2015TV MovieHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Singing with President Obama / Himself
Mark Knopfler: A Life in Songs2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Guitar
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHimself
Pop Galerie Reloaded2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Las tragedias de los famosos2009TV SeriesHimself
Soul Power2008DocumentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Memphis Years2002Video documentary shortHimself
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Little Wing1995Video short
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Smoothie1992DocumentaryHimself
When the Music's Over...1971TV Movie documentaryHimself - Musician

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on August 21, 1990 at 6771 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional R&B Vocal Performance· Ray Charles
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialSesame Street (1969)


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#Fact
1His album "Live at the Regal" was declared a historic sound and permanently preserved in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2In a special ceremony at the Library of Congress, Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington presented B.B. with a "Living Legend" medal in honor of his achievements as a musician and ambassador for the blues.
3Musicians named a section of the guitar's neck after him, their blues idol, dubbing it the "B.B. box." Usually located from the 10th to 12th frets, depending on the key of the song, it's where King twisted and scorched many of his signature guitar licks.
4Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues and the single most important electric guitarist of the second half of the 20th century.
5Named the third greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine (after Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, who died in their 20s, an age when King was just getting started).
6Lived in Las Vegas, but Mississippi was his home.
7Worked on the cotton fields at age 7 and drove tractors. When the weather was bad, he walked 10 miles to a one-room school. He quit in the 10th grade.
8Was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.
9Toured with the band U2.
10His music inspired Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.
11Received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman's Award, among many other awards.
12Won 15 Grammys and sold more than 40 million records worldwide, a remarkable number for blues.
13He chopped and picked cotton as a boy.
14The name B.B. King is short for his first stage name, Blues Boy King.
15Attended the opening of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola, Mississippi. [September 2008]
16He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
17Owned blues clubs in Memphis, New York City, and Los Angeles.
18Was a vegetarian, non-drinker and -smoker, and licensed pilot.
19Performed the song "When Love Comes to Town" in a duet with U2 from the album "Rattle and Hum".
20Mentioned in the song "Dig It" by The Beatles.
21He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
22He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, on May 24, 2004.
23Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
24According to Las Vegas coroner's report, B.B. King died from Alzheimer's disease, with type 2 diabetes, coronary artery atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, hypertension and cerebral vascular disease acting as significant contributing factors. He died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT, at his home in Las Vegas, NV. He canceled a tour in October 2014, citing dehydration and exhaustion stemming from the diabetes.
25He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990.
26Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
27He played a Gibson B.B. King Lucille. The model he played used to have a Gibson number name, but starting in 1982, after making some special modifications per King's requests, the guitar became the Lucille model.
28Claimed to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women. At the time of his death, news sources claimed that his 15 children were a combination of biological and adopted (but did not indicate how many of each), but that only 11 of those children survived him. Those included eldest surviving daughter Shirley King, who was upset that she did not get a chance to see her father before his death.
29Was one of the most talented and celebrated electric-blues artists of the late 20th Century. He recorded between 90 to 100 blues albums over the course of his singing career and was known for refining electric-blues more than any other blues artist, (a genre invented by the late great Muddy Waters).

#Quote
1[on which musicians will keep the blues alive in a June 2006 interview] I could name so many that I think that you won't miss me at all when I'm not around. You'll maybe miss seeing my face, but the music will go on.
2Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin', too.
3(when asked what he would do differently, could he live his life over) I would have finished high school.
4Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!
5About 15 times, a lady has said: "It's either me or Lucille.". That's why I've had 15 children by 15 women.

#Trademark
1His vibrato-finger technique on the guitar
2His Black Gibson ES-355 guitar, named "Lucille"

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