BB King is probably one of the best blues guitarists of our time. I know most people will say that he just IS the best, but those things are always debatable.
Mr. King was born in Mississippi and bought his first guitar for $15 at the ripe age of 12 (in 1937). I want to say that he might be one of the longest active musicians ever. He has been performing since 1947! You should definitely go watch him in concert if you ever get a chance. The man is a living legend!
Here is a little bit of trivia: Did you know BB was a licensed pilot. He was asked to stop flying at the age of 70 because of insurance reasons. He is also a big fan of Frank Sinatra’s music.
His real name is Riley B. King. He got the nickname B.B. when we was a disc jockey at a radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. Well his nickname was the “Beale Street Blues Boy” and thus is was shortened to B.B.
The city of Portland, Maine has created a B.B. King day which happens to be May 18th. Be sure to visit the BB King’s Blues Clue on Beale Street if you are ever in Memphis!