May 22, 2022
Riley B. King, best known as B.B. King, (born September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA; died May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas) was an American blues musician, guitarist, songwriter and record producer. According to pop magazine Rolling Stone, he was the third greatest guitarist ever - after Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1980 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and in 1987 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1949, King began recording music when he got a record deal with the Los Angeles-based record company RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. He was nicknamed "Beale Street Blues Boy", which was later abbreviated to B.B. In the 1950s, King became one of the most important names in the R&B genre, with hits such as "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 ”. In 1962, King signed a record deal with ABC-Paramount Records, and in November 1964, King recorded the legendary album Live at the Regal at The Regal Theater in Chicago. King's first success outside the blues market was a cover version of the Roy Hawkins song "The Thrill is Gone" he recorded in 1969, which became a hit on both the pop and R&B charts, which was very unusual for an R&B artist. He also became more visible as a rock musician when he played the opening number on the US tour of The Rolling Stones the same year. King's success in mainstream music continued into the 1970s, with songs such as "To Know You Is To Love You" and "I Like To Live The Love". From 1951 to 1985, King was on Billboard Magazine's R&B list a full 74 times. From the 1980s onwards, King recorded less and less music, but maintained a visible and active career, where he participated in a number of TV programs and films, and performed 300 nights a year. In 1988, he reached a new generation of fans when he recorded the single "When Love Comes To Town" with U2. In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record the album Riding With The King. In 2003, King shared the stage with the rock band Phish in New Jersey, where he performed three of his classics and jammed with the band for over 30 minutes. In total, more than 100 B.B. King concerts broadcast or partially broadcast on radio or television in a number of countries. From March 29 to April 4, 2006, King went on his farewell tour in Europe and mainly the United Kingdom with Gary Moore. King proclaimed a Christian view of life.