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B.B. King is hitting the road with a tour that is scheduled to stretch throughout the year. Get your tickets today and enjoy a night with the legendary bluesman!
Riley B. King was born on September 26, 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He became interested in music at a young age and grew up singing in his church choir and playing the guitar on the street corner for dimes. As a young adult, King's first job was sharecropping for an Indianola, Mississippi, planter named Johnson Barrett. It was during this time that he received his first professional exposure to music, singing and playing guitar in the gospel choir The Famous St. John's Gospel Singers. In 1946, B.B. King moved to Memphis to live with his cousin Bukka White. White was a celebrated blues performer himself, and he taught King much about the art.
King received his big break in 1948, when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM. This led to a steady gig at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in Memphis and a regular spot on the radio station WDIA. In 1949, King cut four tracks with Bullet Records and then signed to RPM Records. That same year King introduced a name that would become just as well known as his: Lucille. That is the name King has applied to every guitar he's owned since the aftermath of a hall fire, and it is through these guitars that he's created some of his best liked songs.
During the 1950s King produced an astonishing twenty hits, including 1950's "Three O'Clock Blues," 1952's "You Know I Love You," 1953's "Woke Up This Morning," 1954's "Whole Lotta Love," and 1956's "Sweet Little Angel." He came into national fame in 1970 with the release of "The Thrill is Gone," which also appeared as number 193 on the Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs of All Time. B.B. King continued raising his profile throughout the 1970's. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
King has worked with many artists and bands from both the blues genre and other genres. In 1988, he joined up with U2 to record the single "When Love Comes to Town" and in 2000 he recorded Riding With the King with long-time collaborator and fellow blues player Eric Clapton. He has also performed on stage with Phish.