Riley B. King - Better Known as B.B. King


September 16, 1925 - May 15, 2015
Rest in Peace


 
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 B.B. King".

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.

B.B. King - Funeral & Memorial Services

 

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