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Riley Ben King [1(Itta Bena (Mississippi), september 16, 1925), better known as B.B. King, is a well known American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. On 15 december2006 the highest civilian award, B.B. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. B. B King is seen as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. The music magazineRolling Stone placed King on the third place in a list of the hundred best guitarists. [2]

His best-known hit is probably: "The Thrill Is Gone" from 1970.

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Biography[Edit]Edit

King was born on a plantation and spent much of his childhood, he worked, together with his mother and grandmother, as a sharecropper. He says he had his other talents, for he knows, 35 cents for each 45 kgcotton got paid. Already early hit King in the spell of black musicians like t-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson, and jazz artists such as Django Reinhardtand Charlie Christian . King quickly developed his own musical skills in the Church at the singing of gospel.


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B.B. King In 1943 moved to Indianola, Mississippi. Three years later he moved back to Memphis, Tennessee, where he refined his guitar techniques, with the help of his cousin, country blues guitarist Bukka White.

King eventually began his music live on Memphis's WDIA radio station, a station that had made a turn to play by just black music, something very noteworthy was when. On air The Pepticon Boy King began to use the name, which later became Beale Street Blues Boy . That name was shortened to simply Blues Boy, which was eventually B.B. .

King began In 1949 to record songs under contract with RPM Records. Many of his early recordings were produced by Sam Phil Lambert, who later would found the legendary Sun Records .

In the years 1950 B.B. was one of the most important names in rhythm and blues music, with an impressive list of 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". King started In 1962 at ABC-Paramount Records.

In November 1964 the legendary B.B. King album recorded Live at the Regal Theater in Chicago on Regal.

King found his first success outside the blues market in 1969 with his remake of Roy Hawkins' melody, "The Thrill Is Gone", which became a hit in both the pop and R & B charts, a rare occurrence, especially in those times. Kings success remained last in the years 1970 with songs like "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love". 1951 to 1985 's King appeared no less than 74 times in the Billboards-R & B charts.

The years 19801990 and 2000 were not so many plates on, but King remained very active in television shows, movies, and about 300 times a year. In 1988 he reached a new generation of fans via the single "When Love Comes To Town", recorded together with the Irish band U2. In 2000 together with guitarist Eric Clapton King took the album Riding With The King on.

In 2004 an honorary doctorate to King was handed over by the University of Mississippi. Also he also his extensive blues collection donated to the ' Ole Miss Center for Southern Studies '.

King has a very full and very active life led. He possesses a pilot's license, is known as gambler, vegetarian, non-drinker and non-smoker. If diabetic for more than ten years, King is one of the spokesmen of the fight against diabetes.

Lucille[Edit]Edit

[3][4]B. b. King live in France (1989).

B.B. King plays especially onguitars and Gibson-tradition, calls them "Lucille".

This originated in the winter of 1949. King played in Twist, Arkansas, a town in America. During his performance started to fight two people and they kept hitting a barrel of burning gasoline to that if heating service did. Thereby came to the building in fire . When everyone was outside, King realized that he had left his guitar. He then risked his life to get his guitar.

When King later heard that the fight about a woman who went "Lucille" was called, he decided to call his guitar so, to remind himself never to do such a thing.

Also his dog that has been missing on 27 January 2006 is called "Lucille". The one who can find the dog, will receive a reward in the form a guitar with signature.

[5][6]B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Streat, Memphis===B.B. King's Blues Club[Edit]===

A large company started in 1991 with the establishment of a number of Blues Clubs. This in honor of b. B King, whose name is also used. In 1991, a B.b. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis. In 1994, a second club opened on Universal City Walk in Los Angeles. A third club came in June 2000 in New York on Times Square. Two further clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002 and another in Nashville in 2003. In 2007, a B.b. King's Blues Club in Orlando opened on International Drive. In 2009 there was a club opened in West Palm Beach. Another club is located in the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Las Vegas blues clubs are all from the same company.

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

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Singin' the Blues 1956 -
B.B. King Wails 1960 -
Sings Spirituals 1960 -
The Blues 1960 -
More 1961 -
My Kind of Blues 1961 -
A Heart Full of Blues 1962 -
Blues for Me 1962 -
Blues in My Heart 1962 -
Easy Listening Blues 1962 -
Twist with B.B. King 1962 -
Mr. Blues 1963 -
Swing Low 1963 -
Rock Me Baby 1964 -
Boss of the Blues 1965 -
Although the Blues 1965 -
Let Me Love You 1965 -
Live at the Regal 1965 -
Live! B. b. King on Stage 1965 -
9 X 9.5 1966 -
The Original Sweet Sixteen 1966 -
The Soul of B.B. King 1966 -
Turn on to B.B. King 1966 -
Blues Is King 1967 -
R & B Soul 1967 -
The Jungle P-Vine Japan 1967 -
Blues on Top 1968 -
Lucille 1968 -
Completely Well 1969 -
Live & Well 1969 -
The Feeling They Call the Blues, vol. 2 1969 -
The Feeling They Call the Blues 1969 -
Back in the Alley 1970 -
Indianola Mississippi Seeds 1970 -
Take a Swing with Me 1970 -
The Incredible Soul of B.B. King 1970 -
In London 1971 -
Live in Cook County Jail 1971 -
Guess Who MCA 1972 -
L.A. Midnight 1972 -
To Know You Is to Love You 1973 -
Friends 1974 -
Together for the First Time ...Live 1974 -
Together for the First Time 1974 -
Lucille Talks Back 1975 -
King of the Blues 1976 -
King Size 1977 -
The Electric B.B. King 1977 -
Midnight Believer 1978 -
Take It Home 1979 -
Live Now Appearing at Ole Miss 1980 -
Rarest B.B. King Blues 1980 -
There Must Be a Better World Somewhere 1981 -
Love Me Tender 1982 -
Blues 'n' Jazz 1983 -
King of the Blues Guitar 1985 -
Ambassador of the Blues 1986 -
Blues Is King 1987 -
Introducing B.B. King 1987 -
One Nighter Blues 1987 -
King of Blues: 1989 1988 -
Across the Tracks 1988 -
Doing My Thing, Lord 1988 -
Six Silver Strings 1988 -
Got My Mojo Working 1989 -
Lucille Had a Baby 1989 -
Live at the Apollo 1990 -
Live at San Quentin 1991 -
There Is Always One More Time 1992 -
Why I Sing the Blues 1992 -
Better Than Ever 1993 -
I Just Sing the Blues 1993 -
You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now 1993 -
Live at Newport 1993 -
Blues Summit 1993 -
Kansas City 1972 (live) 1994 -
Everyday I Have the Blues 1994 -
Swing Low Sweet Chariot 1995 -
B.B. King & Friends 1995 -
Lucille & friends 1995 29-07-1995 54 8
Paying the Cost to Be the Boss 1997 -
Deuces wild 1997 22-11-1997 29 22
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents B.B. King 1998 - Live album
Blues on the Bayou 1998 -
Live in Japan ' 1999 - Live album
Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis... 1999 -
Makin' Love Is Good For You 2000 -
All Over Again 2000 -
Riding with the king 2000 17-06-2000 6 22 with Eric Clapton
His definitive greatest hits 2000 12-08-2000 33 5 Compilation album
A Night in Cannes 2001 - Live album
Sweet Little Angel 2001 - Live album
A Christmas Celebration of Hope 2001 -
Everyday I Have the Blues 2002 -
Together Again: Live 2002 - Live album
Why I Sing the Blues 2002 -
Rock Me Baby 2003 -
Wails 2003 -
B.B. King Wails, vol. 2 2003 -
Reflections 2003 -
Greatest Hits Live 2003 - Compilation/Live album
Night of Blistering Blues 2005 - Live album
80 2005 26-11-2005 84 1 with Friends
Door to Door 2005 -
Lonely Nights 2005 -
One child favor 2008 20-09-2008 72 4
Album (s) with chart positions in

the Flemish Ultratop 200 albums

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Riding with the king 2000 05-08-2000 26 9 with Eric Clapton

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
When loves comes to town 1989 08-04-1989 9 8 with U2
Ain't nobody home 1989 09-09-1989 tip6 -

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Ain't nobody home - - - - - - - - - - 1748 1568 1283 1543 -
The thrill is gone 697 - 450 524 753 442 377 595 497 511 857 583 380 468 491

DVDs[Edit]Edit

DVDs with the Dutch Music charts in the Top 30 Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest 

position

Number Of 

weeks

Comments
Live 2010 20-02-2010 18 1

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