B.B.King

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  • Birth Name: Riley B. King
  • Birth Place: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
  • Died: May 14, 2015
  • Profession: Musician
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Fast Facts

  • Began his career in music as a disc jockey in Memphis after hitch-hiking to the city from Mississippi.
  • Released more than 50 blues albums, beginning with his debut studio release Singin' the Blues in 1956.
  • Inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1990 and has since become a spokesperson for diabetes research and fundraising.
  • Awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on December 15, 2006.
  • Earned honorary Doctorate in Music degrees from numerous schools, including Yale University, Tougaloo College, Berklee College of Music, Rhodes College of Memphis, Mississippi Valley State University, and Brown University.
  • The B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi opened in 2008 to honor King and his contemporary Delta blues musicians.

Awards

  • 2000, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Recording: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Recording: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 1991, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Album: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Traditional Blues Recording: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male: Winner

Relationships

  • Nora Ella King — Mother
  • Claudette King — Daughter
  • Patty Elizabeth King — Daughter
  • Albert King — Father
  • Sue Carol Hall — Ex-wife
  • Martha Lee Denton — Ex-wife
  • Shirley King — Daughter
  • Riiley B. King Jr. — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Riley B. King
  • Birth Place: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
  • Died: May 14, 2015
  • Profession: Musician

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