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B.B. King (1925–2015)

B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 in near Berclair, Mississippi, USA as Riley Ben King. He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. See full bio »


(age 89) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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When We Were Kings
Heat Soundtrack
U2: Rattle and Hum
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 2017 Formula 1: Ten Sport (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 2017 Australian Grand Prix - Practice (2017) ... (performer: "When Love Comes to Town" - uncredited)
 2016 Supernatural (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Don't Call Me Shurley (2016) ... (performer: "Don't Answer the Door")
 2016 Vinyl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The King and I (2016) ... (performer: "Three O'Clock Blues")
 2015 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Auditions 3 (2015) ... (writer: "Rock Me Baby")
 2012 B.B. King: The Life of Riley (Documentary) (performer: "Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "To Know You is to Love You", "How Blue Can You Get", "Caldonia", "Hummingbird", "Hold On (I Fell Our Love is Changing)", "When Love Comes to Town", "Messy But Good", "On My Word of Honor", "Chains and Things", "Five Years Long", "Blues Boy Tune", "Riding With the King") / (writer: "Catfish Blues", "Sweet Sixteen", "Chains and Things", "Blues Boy Tune")
 2011 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #11.6 (2011) ... (performer: "When Love Comes to Town" - uncredited)
 2011 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.63 (2011) ... (writer: "Sweet Sixteen")
  True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Fresh Blood (2010) ... (performer: "Help the Poor" - uncredited) / (writer: "Help the Poor" - uncredited)
 2008 Soul Power (Documentary) (performer: "Thrill Is Gone")
 2007 Dame veneno (Documentary) (performer: "Bolleré")
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... ("Every Day I Have the Blues")
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Prince's Bride (2007) ... (performer: "Why I Sing the Blues")
 2006 Unaccompanied Minors (performer: "Please Come Home for Christmas")
 2006 The Ultimate Gift (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
  Lost (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Live Together, Die Alone (2006) ... (performer: "Chains and Things" - uncredited) / (writer: "Chains and Things" - uncredited)
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (performer: "In The Midnight Hour" (extract))
 2004 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Baby Blues (2004) ... (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 2004/I Yes (performer: "TEN LONG YEARS") / (writer: "TEN LONG YEARS" - as Ridley B. King)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2003) (writer - 2 episodes, 2003)
- Red, White and Blues (2003) ... (performer: "Bad Case of Love")
- Godfathers and Sons (2003) ... (writer: "Bye Bye Baby" - as Riley B. King)
- The Road to Memphis (2003) ... (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", "Precious Lord", "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", ""The Thrill Is Gone", "I'll Survive", "Three O'cLock Blues", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother", "Let the Good Times Roll") / (writer: "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Three O'cLock Blues", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" - as Riley B. King)
 2003 Calendar Girls (performer: "You Upset Me Baby") / (writer: "You Upset Me Baby")
 2001 As Filhas da Mãe (TV Series) (performer: "You Don't Know Me")
 2000 Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Joe Cool")
 2000 7th Heaven (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tunes (2000) ... (performer: "Riding With the King")
  Aleph, lectures contades (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2000) (writer - 1 episode, 2000)
- Toni Morrison (2000) ... (performer: "Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit") / (writer: "Blues Boys Tune", "If That Ain't It I Quit")
 1999 Play It to the Bone (performer: "Dangerous Mood")
 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie) (performer: "Fur Slippers")
 1999/I Payback (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1998 Marriages (performer: "Let the good times roll")
 1998 Safe Men (performer: "Chains and Things") / (writer: "Chains and Things")
 1998 The Mighty (performer: "Let the Good Times Roll" (1956))
 1998 Species II (performer: "Don't Answer the Door")
 1997 The Rainmaker (performer: "How Blue Can You Get")
 1997 Die furchtlosen Vier (performer: "Life is One Long Rainy Day", "Hand in Hand", "What Can Go Wrong", "Mix Max - Song", "Song of Freedom")
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
 1996 A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Telephone Song", "Six Strings Down", "Tick Tock", "SRV Shuffle")
 1996 Heaven's Prisoners (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", "Don't Answer The Door, Parts One And Two")
 1996 When We Were Kings (Documentary) (performer: "Sweet Sixteen") / (writer: "Sweet Sixteen")
 1995 Heat (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1995 Casino (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV Movie) (writer: "Gamblers Blues")
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Internal Affairs (1995) ... (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone" - uncredited)
 1994 Chasers (performer: "THE THRILL IS GONE")
 1994 Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana (arranger: "Think It Over") / (writer: "Think It Over")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (arranger: "Sweet Little Angel") / (performer: "Sweet Little Angel")
 1993 Mrs. Doubtfire (performer: "Stormy Monday Blues")
 1993 Heart and Souls (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1993 The Fugitive (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone" (1951))
 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It (writer: "(Darlin') You Know I Love You") / (writer: "Rock Me Baby" - as Riley King)
 1991 Teech (TV Series) (performer: "Teach Me")
 1991 Thelma & Louise (performer: "Better Not Look Down")
 1990 Air America (performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time")
 1990 Derrick (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Der Einzelgänger (1990) ... (performer: "The thrill is gone")
 1990 You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Joe Cool")
 1989 Next of Kin (performer: "My Sweet Understanding Lady") / (writer: "My Sweet Understanding Lady")
 1989 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Steady as She Goes (1989) ... (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
 1988 U2: Rattle and Hum (Documentary) (performer: "When Love Comes To Town")
 1988 Stormy Monday (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", " (Call It) Stormy Monday")
 1986 The Color of Money (performer: "Standing On The Edge")
 1986 Jimi Plays Monterey (Documentary) (writer: "Rock Me Baby")
 1985 Live Aid (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Why I Sing the Blues", "I don't want you", "Rock me Baby") / (writer: "Why I Sing the Blues")
 1985 Into the Night (performer: "INTO THE NIGHT", "MY LUCILLE", "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR")
 1985 B.B. King: Into the Night (Video documentary short) (performer: "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR")
  WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1982) (performer - 2 episodes, 1979 - 1982)
- I'll Take Romance (1982) ... (performer: "I Know the Price") / (writer: "I Know the Price")
- Nothing to Fear But... (1981) ... (writer: "Rock Me Baby")
- Mike Fright (1979) ... (performer: "Friends") / (writer: "Friends")
 1979 The Associates (TV Series) (performer: "Wall Street Blues")
 1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
 1978 FM (performer: "The Key To My Kingdom")
 1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... (performer: "How Blue Can You Get", "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)
 1974 Let the Church Say Amen! (Documentary) (performer: "Midnight") / (writer: "Midnight")
 1974 Sing Sing Thanksgiving (Documentary) (performer: "How Blue Can You Get?", "Guess Who", "I Got Some Help I Don't Need") / (writer: "I Got Some Help I Don't Need")
 1973 Jimi Hendrix (Documentary) (writer: "Rock Me, Baby")
 1971 The Seven Minutes (performer: "Seven Minutes")
 1971 Dynamite Chicken (performer: "I Want You So Bad")
 1970 Maidstone (writer: "Rock Me Baby")
  Music Scene (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1969) (writer - 1 episode, 1969)
- Episode #1.9 (1969) ... (performer: "Just a Little Love") / (writer: "Just a Little Love")
 1969 Sesame Street (TV Series) (performer: "Yakety Yak - Take it Back")
 1968 For Love of Ivy ("You Put It on Me")
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Other Works:

CD: "Blues Is King" (USP) See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 13 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

B.B. King and The Jungle Brothers | B. B. King


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