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B. B. King Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 18, 2019

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Short Biography

B. B. King was born on 16-09-1925 in Itta Bena in the state of Mississippi, United States. He was an American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Recording Artist & Record Producer.

Other Name: BB King, Riley B. King, Blues Boy King, B.B. the King of Beasts, The King of the Blues, Blues Boy, Beale Street Blues Boy
Other Professions: Songwriter Musician Recording Artist Record Producer

B. B. King Complete Bio & Career

B.B. King was an American singer and guitarist, counted amongst the greatest guitarists of all time. Regarded as one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, he was often called "The King of the Blues", and is credited to have made the genre of blues popular all over the world. Born to sharecroppers on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, he came from a family of very humble means. He loved music from a young age and harbored the dream of making it big as a famous musician. He fell in love with the guitar and taught himself to play the instrument. An ambitious individual, he moved to Memphis in order to make a career for himself and found his big break when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis.

The success of the show ensured that he received steady engagements and eventually he started recording. Following the success of his super-hit, ‘3 O’Clock Blues’, he started touring extensively, which made him a much popular figure and earned him a huge fan following. Over the next few years he developed his own unique style of playing the guitar, combining the elements of traditional blues, jazz, swing, and mainstream pop. For decades, he reigned as the undisputed king of blues and died in 2015 at the age of 89. A Google Doodle celebrated what would have been King's 94th birthday on 16-09-2019.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 14-05-2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States at the age of 89. 

DEATHDAY 14 May,2015 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Las Vegas, Nevada

B. B. King Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Albert King & Nora Ella Farr. He had a brother named Curce King & a sister named Fay Modie King. He was married to Martha Lee Denton from 1946 to 1952. In 1958, he remarried Sue Carol Hall & divorced in 1966. He was the father of 15 children include 4 sons and 11 daughters.

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Skin Colour Black
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Itta Bena, Mississippi
Nationality American
Religion Christian
Address Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut First Album - Singin' the Blues (1956)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
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Favorite Color Black
Favorite Sport Basketball
Favorite Singer Bob Marley

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About B. B. King

  • He was interested in music from a young age and received his first guitar at the age of 12.
  • In 1949, he began recording songs. Even though his initial recordings were not much successful, he got a big breakthrough with his 1952 single, ‘3 O'Clock Blues’, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues charts and effectively launched his career.
  • He became the uncrowned king of blues and one of the most influential names in R&B music in the 1950s.
  • In 1991, B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis. A second club followed suit at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles in 1994.

B. B. King Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

B. B. King was 89 years 7 months & 28 days old age.