B.B. King

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Legal name: Riley B. King

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Riley Ben King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" along with Albert King and Freddie King. King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows.

King was born on a cotton plantation in Berclair, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and began his performance career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis, Tennessee, and Chicago, and toured the world extensively. King died at the age of 89 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 14, 2015, from congestive heart failure and diabetic complications.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Rock Me Baby B.B. King 2
1986 The Best of B.B. King, Volume One B.B. King 3
1987 B.B. King Collection B.B. King 1
1987 The B.B. King Collection: 20 Blues Greats B.B. King 1
1987 The Best of B.B. King, Volume Two B.B. King 3
1988 Do the Boogie! B.B. King's Early 50s Classics B.B. King 1
1989 Ain't Nobody Home!: The Very Best of B.B. King B.B. King 5 3
1990 16 Original World Hits B.B. King 1
1990 On Stage B.B. King 1
1991 Singin' the Blues / The Blues B.B. King 2
1991 The Collection B.B. King 1
1992 Why I Sing the Blues, Part 1 B.B. King 1
1992 Why I Sing the Blues, Part 2 B.B. King 1
1992 Why I Sing the Blues B.B. King 5 1
1992 King of the Blues B.B. King 2
1993 My Sweet Little Angel B.B. King 1
1993 All Over Again B.B. King 1
1993 King of the Blues B.B. King 1
1993 The Best of B.B. King B.B. King 1
1993 The Blues Collection: B.B. King, The King of the Blues B.B. King 3
1993 The Collection B.B. King 1
1994 The Very Best of B.B. King B.B. King 2
1994 Greatest Hits 1951-1960 B.B. King 1
1994 Blues on Top of Blues: The Best of B.B. King B.B. King 1
1994 The Fabulous B.B. King B.B. King 1
1995 Lucille & Friends B.B. King 2
1995 The Early "Blues Boy" Years B.B. King 1
1995 The Early Blues Boy Years, Volume 2: 1952-1954 B.B. King 1
1996 How Blue Can You Get? B.B. King 1
1996 36 All-Time Greatest Hits B.B. King 2
1997 Super Stars: B.B. King B.B. King 1
1997 Paying the Cost to Be the Boss B.B. King 1
1997 Why I Sing The Blues B.B. King 1
1998 Greatest Hits B.B. King 2
1998 The Great B.B. King B.B. King 1
1999 His Definitive Greatest Hits B.B. King 5 3
1999 Back2Back B.B. King & John Lee Hooker 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of B.B. King B.B. King 1
2000 Anthology B.B. King 1
2000 Classic B.B. King 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Blues You Can Use B.B. King 1
2000 The Blues Collection B.B. King 2
2001 Blues Giant Best Selections 1 B.B. King 1
2001 B.B. King & Friends B.B. King 1
2001 Gold B.B. King 1
2002 Classic Masters: B.B. King B.B. King 1
2002 The Vintage Years B.B. King 1
2002 Blue on Blues B.B. King / Pee Wee Crayton 1
2002 Got The Blues B.B. King 1
2003 Blues Masters -- B.B. King B.B. King 1
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King B.B. King 1
2003 Portrait B.B. King 1
2004 A Proper Introduction to B.B. King: Woke Up This Morning B.B. King 1
2004 King of the Blues B.B. King 1
2005 Blues Boy B.B. King 1
2005 The Ultimate Collection B.B. King 2
2005 Mr. Blues/Confessin' the Blues B.B. King 1
2005 Original Greatest Hits B.B. King 1
2005 Shake It Up and Go B.B. King 1
2006 Gold B.B. King 1
2006 BB's Blues B.B. King 1
2006 Bd Blues - B.B. King B.B. King 1
2007 The Best of the Early Years B.B. King 1
2007 The Birth of a King B.B. King 1
2007 Why I Sing the Blues (Past Perfect) B.B. King 1
2007 Colour Collection B.B. King 1
2008 Anthology B.B. King 1
2008 Fundamentals B.B. King 1
2009 Electric Blues B.B. King 1
2009 L.A. Midnight / To Know You Is to Love You B.B. King 1
2009 Maailman tähdet: B.B. King B.B. King 1
2012 The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: B.B. King: Birth of a Legend B.B. King 1
2012 The King of Blues: Essential Collection B.B. King 1
2013 The Indispensable: 1949-1962 B.B. King 1
2015 Complete Recordings 1949–1962 B.B. King 1
2015 Milestones Of A Blues Legend B.B. King 1
2015 Here's One You Didn't Know About: From the RPM & Kent Vaults B.B. King 1
2016 The King's Blues Box B.B. King 1
2016 King of the Blues (Cleopatra Blues) B.B. King 1
20 Golden Classics B.B. King 1
B.B. King Collector's Edition B.B. King 1
Best Of B.B. King 1
Black Jack: 21 Essential Classics B.B. King 1
Blues Kingpins (Made in Mississippi) B.B. King 1
Blues You Can Use B.B. King 1
Classics B.B. King 1
Classics B.B. King 1
Confessin' the Blues B.B. King 1
Great Moments With B.B. King B.B. King 1
He's Dynamite! B.B. King 1
Jazz & Blues: B.B. King B.B. King 1
King of the Blues B.B. King 1
Les Legendes Du Blues B.B. King 1
Live & Otherwise B.B. King 1
More B. B. King B.B. King 1
My Kind of Blues B.B. King 1
Play Me the Blues... The Legendary Blues Singers, Volume 1 B.B. King 1
The Best of the Kent Singles 1958-1971 B.B. King 1
The Collection B.B. King 1
The Guitar Player B.B. King 1

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