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Riley King AKA B B King Instruments Electric Guitar Vocals Life span 1925- Style Synopsis Style is the word that describes the way that BB He uses signature tremolo and T-Bone Walker influenced jazzy sounding blues riffs Also in words of BB I dont do no chords He can also tell when muted notes are more necessary than full notes Biography For as long as anyone can remember BB King has reigned as the King Of Blues With his Gibson guitar named Lucille along with his unique vocals king has put out some of the most down-home sounds in African-American music BB King the worlds greatest blues singer had- like a lot of people- had some hard times Born in 1925 in Itta Bena Mississippi King lived with his mother until he was nine When his mother died he lived alone taking care of himself by working in cotton fields that were owned by the people who had employed his mother this was the time of the Depression and the period when he started learning the guitar He worked as a disc jockey at the Memphis radio station WDIA in 1949 where he picked up the stage name The Beale Street Blues Boy He was influenced by jazz guitarist Charlie Christian as well as countless other blues musicians including T-Bone Walker Among the many songs he eternalized The Thrill Is Gone is perhaps his most enduring he aslo won several Grammys for that song and the albums There Must Be a Better World Somewhere My Guitar Sings The Blues Live at San Quentin Live at the Apollo and Blues Summit He received along with other numerous awards the Grammy Lifetime Achievments Award in 1987 Still on the road and recording for MCA with Lucille BB King is still showing the world the blues is here to stay King started his career as a teenage professional musician
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