B.B. King

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Legal name: Riley B. King

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Riley B. 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

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Still Got the Blues Various Artists 1
Summertime Blues Various Artists 1
Sun Records 60th Anniversary Various Artists 1
Super Blues Legends, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Superstar Blues Various Artists 1
The Best Blues Album in the World Various Artists 1
The Best Jeans Hits Various Artists 1
The Best of the Blues [Excelsior] Various Artists 1
The Blues Various Artists 1
The Blues (50 Essential Blues Classics) Various Artists 1
The Blues Collection Various Artists 1
The Blues Revival Various Artists 1
The Blues Story Various Artists 1
The Blues Story, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
The Blues Story, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Gold Collection (Retro): Disc 2 The Blues Various Artists 1
The Hit Sound of Levi's 501 Various Artists 1
The Number 1 Blues Album Various Artists 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part VI U2 1
Three Decades of Blues Various Artists 1
Totally Blues Guitar Various Artists 1
Ultimate Collections: Love Songs Various Artists 1
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 25 Years North Sea Jazz Festival Various Artists 1
2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival Eric Clapton 1
2004 Live Aid Various Artists 1
2010 Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2010 Eric Clapton 4 1
2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Volume 8: 2004-2005 Various Artists 1
2013 Crossroads: Guitar Festival (2013) Eric Clapton 3
2016 Crossroads Revisited: Selections From the Crossroads Guitar Festivals Eric Clapton and Guests 1
The Best of Pavarotti & Friends Pavarotti & Friends 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Air America Various Artists 2
2001 One Shot ’80, Volume 12: Movies Various Artists 1
2007 Music From Scorsese Movies Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Live'r Than You'll Ever Be The Rolling Stones 5
1970 Get Yer Ya‐Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert The Rolling Stones 5 17
1989 Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
1992 Philadelphia Special U2 1
1995 GRP Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival Various Artists 1
1996 A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan Various Artists 1
1999 Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo (live, 1999-06-01: Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy) Pavarotti & Friends 2
1999 20 Years of Music: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Various Artists 1
2010 The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts Various Artists 2
2010 The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts, Night 1 Various Artists 1
1967-09-16: Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA, USA / 1966-xx-xx: Prague Jazz Festival, Prague, Czechoslovakia Various Artists 1
1985-07-13: Live Aid: The Global Jukebox: [various locations] Various Artists 1
1987-11-24: Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA U2 1
1998-10-16: Hope We Don't Peak Too Soon: Earls Court, London, UK Eric Clapton 1
Concert of the Century Various Artists 1
Mar y sol: The First International Puerto Rico Pop Festival Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 The King of Comedy Various Artists 2
1986 The Color of Money: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists 1
1988 Stormy Monday Mike Figgis 1
1991 Thelma & Louise Various Artists 3 1
1995 Casino Various Artists 2
1996 Music from the Motion Picture Heaven's Prisoners: A Blues Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 When We Were Kings Various Artists 1
1998 Species II Edward Shearmur 1
1998 The Mighty Trevor Jones 5 3
1999 Payback Various Artists 1
1999 Shake, Rattle & Roll Various Artists 1
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Various Artists 1
2001 All Access: Front Row. Backstage. LIVE! Various Artists 1
2003 Edel & Starck Various Artists 1
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Best of the Blues Various Artists 1
2003 Calendar Girls Patrick Doyle 2
2003 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Road to Memphis Various Artists 1
2004 Lightning in a Bottle Various Artists 2
2017 The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Various Artists 2
Heart and Souls Various Artists 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Baila (Sexy Thing) Zucchero 2

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Missing Tracks Vol. 2 U2 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 AA302: From Composition to Performance: Musicians at Work The Open University 3

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm and Blues Various Artists 1
Opel - Route 66 Various Artists 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Love Comes to Town Tour U2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Blues Ballads 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Great Blues Album Various Artists 1
1995 Red Blooded Blues Various Artists 1
2003 Christmas Memories Various Artists 1
2003 The Blues Various Artists 1
2004 N'Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D'udda Dr. John 1
2004 Blues Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll Various Artists 1
2010 What a Wonderful World Various Artists 1
Men in Song Various Artists 1
n'awlinz Dr. John 1
Rock On 1970 Various Artists 1
When Your Lover Has Gone Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 A Sassy Samba Pat Metheny 2
2004 100 Hits Blues Ballads Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Blues Rock Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Groovy Times Various Artists 1
2004 Rockin' 60s & 70s Various Artists 1
2015 Golden Blues Box Various Artists 1
2015 Have a Merry Tiger Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 History of the Blues Guitar Various Artists 1

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