B.B. King Schedule
Living blues legend B.B. King has captivated audiences around the world for over six decades!
With a name that goes hand-in-hand with the blues, King is considered to be a pioneer of the genre and is one of the most
celebrated figures in the music industry.
Despite being in his eighties now, King keeps up the pace with an incredible
work schedule and work ethic to match, qualifying him as perhaps the most active senior in the nation! Lucky for you, he has
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B.B. King Background
B. King was born in 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi, the son of sharecroppers. After he served in the U.S. Army, he began his
career as a DJ in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally coined "the Beale Street Blues Boy," his moniker was whittled down to simply
"B.B." In 1949, King cut his first recording, and the following year, he launched a 12-year-long collaboration with Kent/RPM/Modern,
for which he recorded a series of R&B hits like: "Woke Up This Morning," "You Know I Love You" and "Three O'Clock Blues,"
which became his first national success. King also hit the nightclub scene, touring rigorously. He averaged over 300 shows
a year, for over three decades! Soon he was billed as the "King of the Blues."
King inked a deal with ABC Records in
1962. Live at the Regalwas released in 1965. Four years later, his most successful single was released, which was "The Thrill
In 1979, King became the first blues musician to tour the Soviet Union. At this time, he also became the first
blues musician to cross over into the pop mainstream. He was booked for several engagements in Las Vegas as well as on television.
King garnered commercial success by collaborating with other gifted musicians like Elton John, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt,
Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow.
As one of music's most celebrated performers, King took home the Grammy Award for Best
Traditional Blues Album in 2005. A year later, he was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was presented
by President George W. Bush.
In 2008, the doors swung open to his very own museum. Dedicated to the iconic singer's
life and music, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is based in Indianola, Mississippi. Also in 2008, King
put out his One Kind Favor album. He covered tunes by T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson and John Lee Hooker. He was rewarded for
his efforts with a Grammy Award. In early 2012, King was invited to the White House to play for a special performance. He
was accompanied by Buddy Guy, among others. He and his musical comrades were joined by President Barack Obama on "Sweet Home
Now in his late eighties, King continues to captivate audiences wherever he goes. He also tours the globe,
playing over 250 shows annually. And no matter where you see King, you can bet he will have his beloved guitar, Lucille, in
B.B. King Albums
B.B. King's discography is comprised of the following studio albums: Singin'
the Blues (1956); The Blues (1958); B.B. King Wails (1959); Sings Spirituals (1959); The Great B.B. King (1960); King of the
Blues (1960); My Kind of Blues (1961); Blues for Me (1961); Blues in My Heart (1962); Easy Listening Blues (1962); B.B. King
(1963); Mr. Blues (1963); Confessin' the Blues (1966); Blues on Top of Blues (1968); Lucille (1968); Live & Well (1969);
Completely Well (1969); Indianola Mississippi Seeds (1970); B.B. King in London (1971); L.A. Midnight (1972); Guess Who (1972);
To Know You Is to Love You (1973); Friends (1974); King Size (1977); Midnight Believer (1978); Take It Home (1979); There
Must Be a Better World Somewhere (1981); Love Me Tender (1982); Blues 'N" Jazz (1983); Six Silver Strings (1985); King of
the Blues: 1989 (1988); There is Always One More Time (1991); Blues Summit (1993); Lucille & Friends (1995); Deuces Wild
(1997); Blues on the Bayou (1998); Let the Good Times Roll (1999); Riding with the King (2000); Makin' Love Is Good For You
(2000); A Christmas Celebration of Hope (2001); Reflections (2003); B.B. King & Friends: 80 (2005); One Kind Favor (2008).
B.B. King Trivia
Did you know that B.B. King gave his guitar the name of Lucille? As the story goes, he named
it after a woman who he never met. But this woman he never met was the source of a fight that almost cost B.B. King his life!
It was 1949 when he went to a dance in Twist, Arkansas. In the middle of the dance floor, there was a barrel lit with kerosene,
serving to warm up the crowd late at night. A brawl broke out, and the barrel was tipped over. It didn't take long for the
fire to spread. Everyone got out of the building, including King, but he went back in to get his treasured guitar. Fortunately,
he was able to escape with his guitar as the building crumbled around him. Later on, King found out that the fight was caused
because of a woman who worked there. Her name was Lucille. From that day forward, King gave his guitar the name, Lucille,
as a reminder to himself to never do anything so reckless again.
B.B. King Concert Experience
who began his career gigging at tobacco barns, juke joints and any dive bar that would host him - all for bits of silver change
- is now headlining arenas, performing arts centers and festivals. In fact, the demand for the King of Blues has never been
greater! These days, after an approximate lifetime total of 10,000 performances, King has slowed down only slightly when it
comes to his tour schedule but he certainly hasn't slowed down on bringing his best game to the stage for his live shows.
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