Riley B. King - Better Known as B.B. King
Image courtesy of BBKing.com
Born Riley B. King in Itta Bena, Mississippi, in September
of 1925, the legendary bluesman, B.B. King has passed away at
the age of 89.
There will be a public viewing on Friday May 22, 2015 from
3:00pm – 7:00pm at the Palm Mortuary West, 1600 South Jones
Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Defining the blues worldwide, B.B. King had released over fifty
albums since he began recording in the 1940's. Many of the Grammy
Award winner B.B. King's hits are considered classics, such
as "You Don't Know Me", "Please Love Me",
"The Thrill is Gone" and many others. He continued
to tour right up to the end, averaging 250 concerts each year
worldwide; and also published on CD "On the Road with
B.B. King: An Interactive Autobiography" and two books
"Blues All Around Me" and "The Arrival of
Mixing traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop, and
jump in to a unique sound; B.B. King has developed one of the
world's most identifiable guitar styles. His style has become
a model for thousands of guitar players worldwide such as George
Harrison, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.
B.B. has received many different accolades over the years.
In 1969 the Rolling Stones chose him to open 18 American concerts
for them; in 1984 he was inducted into the Blues Foundation
Hall of Fame and in 1987, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. B.B.
also received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo Mississippi
College, Yale University, Berklee College of Music, Rhodes College
of Memphis, Mississippi Valley State University and Brown University;
topping them all of with the National Award of Distinction from
the University of Mississippi.
In addition to all his recordings, tours, and accolades, B.B.
opened the B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street in Memphis
in 1991. By 2002 four additional clubs were opened; located
in Los Angeles, New York City and Connecticut.
To learn more about the legend B.B. King, please visit www.bbking.com.
King - Funeral & Memorial Services