Today in History
September 16, 1925
King of the Blues
Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, is born on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi. In his twenties, King moves to Memphis, a mecca for Southern musicians, to perform and record his music. King plays his signature guitar licks and phrasing on Gibsons, each of which he calls Lucille. The renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter becomes a prodigious performer averaging 250 shows a year. Decades later, and the recipient of numerous awards, King is still touring.
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