BB King (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015) is Riley B. King, an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and music king. Blues and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.
BB King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi and then worked at a cotton factory in Indianola, Mississippi. He was fascinated by church music and guitar, and began his career in local bars and radio stations.
The son of Albert and Nora Ella King. When King was four years old, his mother left his father for another man, so he was raised by his grandmother, Elnora Farr, in Kilmichael, Mississippi.
As a child, BB King sang in the gospel choir at the Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. There, he was drawn to the Pentecostal Church of Christ in Christ for music by playing guitar Sears Roebuck Silvertone Mayor, and also taught King the first three chords in his music career. your.
Memphis is a place where every important musician of the South is attracted, and a place that supports a large music community where every African American music style can be found. BB stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most famous blues artists of his time, who taught BB more about the art of blues.
Then at the age of 12, he bought his first guitar for $ 15, although another source said he was given by his cousin Bukka White.
Riley B. King - known as BB King - has defined blues music for a global audience.
For more than half a century, Riley B. King - known as BB King - has defined blues music for a global audience. Since he began recording in the 1940s, he has released more than fifty albums, most of which are classics.
In the mid-1950s, while BB King was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans broke the performance. Two men fought and smashed into the fire, and the fire set the hall on fire.
Just then BB ran outside with everyone safe, but realized he had put his beloved $ 30 acoustic guitar inside, so he hurried back to the burning building to get it and Escape death narrowly.
BB's first major turning point came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio show on KWEM in West Memphis. This led to steady participation at Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and then to a ten-minute position on Memphis radio with WDIA staff and black management.
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Shortly after his number one hit, Three Three O'Clock Blues, BB began a nationwide tour. In 1956, BB and his band played an incredible night with 34 songs. From home town with small town cafes, pubs, and country halls to rock palaces, symphony concert halls, universities, resort hotels and theaters, domestic and internationally, BB has become the most famous blues musician for 40 years.
Over the years, BB has developed one of the most distinctive and recognizable guitar styles in the world. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating songs such as precise and complex vocals and left-handed vibrations, both of which became indispensable components in the platform. of rock guitar.
Each stage of every BB King note has become a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. BB has blended traditional blues, jazz, swing, and mainstream pop to create a unique sound. According to BB, when I sing, I play in my mind.
In 1968, BB played at the Newport Folk Festival and at Bill Graham's Fillmore West with the hottest contemporary rock artists of the day, who idolized BB and helped introduce him to the young, white audience. . In 69, BB was chosen by the Stones Stones to open 18 concerts in the US for them; Ike and Tina Turner also played on 18 shows.
He received the NARAS Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
BB was introduced to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received the NARAS Grammy of Lifetime Achievement Award that same year, and received a prestigious PhD. from Tougaloo University (MS) in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes University of Memphis in 1990; Mississippi Valley State University in 2002 and Brown University in 2007, in 1992, he received the national award of excellence from Mississippi University.
In 1991, the BB King Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis and in 1994, the second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. Then the third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 and most recently two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002.
In 1996, the CD-Rom On The Road With BB King: An Interactive Autobiography was released for review. Also in it, his autobiography, Blues Blues All Around Me (written with David Ritz for Avon Books) was published.
Happy 94th birthday of BB King - King of the Blues!