- NAME: B.B. King
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: September 16, 1925 (Age: 88)
- Did You Know?: B.B. King named his beloved guitar Lucille after a woman he never met who was the cause of a fight that almost cost him his life.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Itta Bena, Mississippi
- Full Name: Riley B. King
- AKA: B.B. King
- Nickname: King of the Blues
- Nickname: The Beale Street Blues Boy
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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"King of the Blues" B.B. King began as a disc jockey in Memphis before finding fame as a blues and R&B guitarist, with hits like "The Thrill Is Gone."
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The legendary singer and guitarist also became the subject of his own museum, which opened its doors in 2008. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, is dedicated to King's music, the music which influenced him, and the history of the delta area.
Also in 2008, King released his latest studio album One Kind Favor to critical acclaim. He did his own take on songs by John Lee Hooker,
T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson, earning yet another Grammy Award for his efforts. In February 2012, King played a special gig at the White House with Buddy Guy and others. He and his fellow performers were accompanied by President Barack Obama on the song "Sweet Home Chicago."
Now in his late 80s, King continues to draw crowds whenever he plays. He tours the world, giving more than 250 concerts per year. And no matter where he is, King has his signature guitar "Lucille" in his hands.
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