Today is the 94th birthday of the B.B. King. He was an American singer, guitarist and record producer. King was famous for its Rock and Roll attitude. He is considered to be one of the most blues musicians of the time, and also known as “The King of the Blues”. He was the best guitarist at that time and also considered as the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar”. We are going to tell about B.B. on his birthday.
History of B.B. King:
Riley B. King is professionally known as the B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925. He was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi. When he went to church, he attracted to music and guitar. fro there he began his carrier in juke joints and local radio. King was married to Martha Lee Denton. This marriage worked shortly, November 1946 to 1952 then he married Sue Carol Hall, 1958 to 1966. Both marriages failed. It is also reported that he had 15 children from different women. King was also Diagnosed with diabetes. he was also an FAA certified private pilot who learned flying in 1963.
King was a part of the blues scene on Beale Street in the late 1940s and 1950s. “Beale Street was where it all started for me“- he stated in an interview. He performed with The Beale Streeters group with his co-performers Bobby Bland, Johny Ace, and Earl Forrest. In 1949, he began recording songs with RPM Records.
Under the leadership of Milliard Lee, King assembled his team. The team includes-
- Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands ( Trumpets).
- Lawrence Burdin ( alto saxophone).
- George Coleman ( tenor saxophone).
- George Joyner (bass).
- Earl Forest and Ted Curry ( drums).
- Onzie Horne.
After the first Billboard Rhythm, February 1952 B.B. King became one of the most talented names in R&B music. He also has labels of RPM, Crown, Kent, ANC, MCA, Bluesway, and Geffen. He died on 14 May 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
- Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the song “The Thrill is Gone” in 1971.
- Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording for the song “There must be a better world somewhere” in 1982.
- Best Traditional Blues in 1992 and 1994.
- Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “SRV Shuffle” in 1997.
- Best Traditional Blues in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2009.
King was suffered from diabetes and died on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89.