B.B. King

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Legal name: Riley B. King


Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato and staccato picking that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. AllMusic recognized King as "the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century".

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", and is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King, none of whom are related). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he appeared at 342 shows.

King was born on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and he began his career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis and Chicago; then, as his fame grew, toured the world extensively. King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas on May 14, 2015.

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1957Singin' the BluesB.B. King53
1958The BluesB.B. King53
1959B.B. King Sings SpiritualsB.B. King25
1960King of the BluesB.B. King3
1961Compositions of Duke Ellington and OthersB.B. King; Maxwell Davis2
1961My Kind of BluesB.B. King6
1962Blues for MeB.B. King1
1962Easy Listening BluesB.B. King55
1963Blues in My HeartB.B. King54
1963Mr. BluesB.B. King2
1966The Soul of B.B. KingB.B. King3
1968Blues on Top of BluesB.B. King4
1968His Best – The Electric B.B. KingB.B. King55
1968LucilleB.B. King7
1969Completely WellB.B. King59
1969Live & WellB.B. King54
1970Indianola Mississippi SeedsB.B. King57
1971B.B. King in LondonB.B. King55
1971Better Than EverB.B. King2
1972Guess WhoB.B. King52
1972L.A. MidnightB.B. King51
1973To Know You Is to Love YouB.B. King3
1977King SizeB.B. King53
1978Midnight BelieverB.B. King53
1979Take It HomeB.B. King3
1982Love Me TenderB.B. King52
1983Blues ’n’ JazzB.B. King1
1985Six Silver StringsB.B. King1
1987BluesB.B. King51
1988King of the Blues: 1989B.B. King2
1991There Is Always One More TimeB.B. King1
1991FriendsB.B. King2
1991Spotlight on LucilleB.B. King52
1993Blues SummitB.B. King43
1994Heart to HeartDiane Schuur & B.B. King45
1997Deuces WildB.B. King26
1998Blues on the BayouB.B. King42
1999Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis JordanB.B. King32
1999Let Me Love YouB.B. King1
2000Makin’ Love Is Good for YouB.B. King54
2000Riding With the KingB.B. King & Eric Clapton3.8519
2001A Christmas Celebration of HopeB.B. King3
2003ReflectionsB.B. King53
200580B.B. King3
2008One Kind FavorB.B. King55
There Must Be a Better World SomewhereB.B. King1

Album + Compilation

1960Swing Low Sweet ChariotB.B. King5
1961More B. B. KingB.B. King3
1964Rock Me BabyB.B. King1
1967The JungleB.B. King5
1968From The BeginningB.B. King1
1972The Original Sweet SixteenB.B. King2
1973The Best of B.B. KingB.B. King6
1975Lucille Talks BackB.B. King3
1976B.B. King, 1949 - 1950B.B. King1
198116 Original Big HitsB.B. King1
1981The Rarest KingB.B. King1
1982The Memphis MastersB.B. King1
1984Rock Me BabyB.B. King2
1985The Best of the Memphis MastersB.B. King1
1986Completely Live & WellB.B. King1
1986The Best of B.B. King, Volume OneB.B. King4
1987Across the TracksB.B. King1
1987B.B. King CollectionB.B. King1
1987I Like to Live the LoveBobby Bland & B.B. King1
1987Introducing B.B. KingB.B. King52
1987One Nighter BluesB.B. King1
1987The B.B. King Collection: 20 Blues GreatsB.B. King1
1987The Best of B.B. King, Volume TwoB.B. King3
1988Do the Boogie! B.B. King's Early 50s ClassicsB.B. King2
1988The Man And his BandB.B. King1
1989Ain't Nobody Home!: The Very Best of B.B. KingB.B. King54
199016 Original World HitsB.B. King1
1990King of the Blues GuitarB.B. King1
1991Everyday I Have The BluesB.B. King51
1991Singin' the Blues / The BluesB.B. King2
1991The CollectionB.B. King1
1992Why I Sing the Blues, Part 1B.B. King1
1992Why I Sing the Blues, Part 2B.B. King1
1992Why I Sing the BluesB.B. King53
1992King of the BluesB.B. King2
1992Heart & SoulB.B. King1
1992The King Of The BluesB.B. King1
1993"Rock Me Baby"B.B. King1
1993All Over AgainB.B. King1
1993GoldB.B. King1
1993Rock me babyB.B. King1
1993The King of the BluesB.B. King4
1993The Best of B.B. KingB.B. King2
1993The CollectionB.B. King1
1994The Very Best of B.B. KingB.B. King2
1994Greatest Hits 1951 to 1960B.B. King2
1994Blues on Top of Blues: The Best of B.B. KingB.B. King1
1994Everyday I Have the BluesB.B. King1
1994Got My Mojo WorkingB.B. King1
1994King of the BluesB.B. King1
1994The Fabulous B.B. KingB.B. King1
1995Lucille & FriendsB.B. King2
1995The Early "Blues Boy" YearsB.B. King1
1995The Early Blues Boy Years, Volume 2: 1952-1954B.B. King1

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