B.B. King (1925–2015)

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B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. 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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  Lovecraft Country (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2020) (writer - 1 episode, 2020)
- Sundown (2020) ... (performer: "You Upset Me Baby") / (writer: "You Upset Me Baby")
 2017 Formula 1: Ten Sport (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- 2017 Australian Grand Prix - Qualifying (2017) ... (performer: "When Love Comes to Town" - uncredited)
- 2017 Australian Grand Prix - Practice (2017) ... (performer: "When Love Comes to Town" - uncredited)
 2017 Sun Records (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 706 Union (2017) ... (writer: "Three O'Clock Blues")
 2017 Super Dark Times (performer: "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand")
 2016 Deadly Pickup (Video) (performer: "Blues Boys Tune") / (writer: "Blues Boys Tune")
 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 UK (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Auditions 3 (2015) ... (writer: "Rock Me Baby")
 2015 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Magical Thinking (2015) ... (performer: "Dark Is the Night, Pt. 1" - uncredited)
 2013 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pukana (2013) ... (performer: "Merry Christmas Baby" - uncredited)
 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 dated 29 April 2011 (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))
 2005 Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Zivilcourage (2005) ... (performer: "Riding With the King" - uncredited)
 2004 Body Electric (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Show 1920 (2004) ... (performer: "The Thrill is Gone", "Ain't Nobody Home")
 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")
 2004 Skeppsholmen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.11 (2004) ... (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
  The Blues (TV Mini-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")
- The Road to Memphis (2003) ... (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone", "Precious Lord", "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother", "Let the Good Times Roll") / (writer: "Let Me Love You", "Three O'Clock Blues", "I'll Survive", "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother")
 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 7th Heaven (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tunes (2000) ... (performer: "Riding With the King")
 2000 Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Joe Cool")
  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 The Fearless Four ("Life is One Long Rainy Day" ("Leben Im Regen"), "Hand In Hand" ("Hand In Hand")) / (performer: "Life is One Long Rainy Day" ("Leben Im Regen"), "Song of Freedom" ("Wacht Auf"), "What Can Go Wrong" ("Die Furchtlosen Wier"), "Mix Max - Song" ("Die Firma"))
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi (performer: "The Thrill is Gone")
 1996 A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (TV Special) (performer: "Telephone Song", "Six Strings Down", "Tick Tock", "SRV Shuffle")
 1996 Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa (Video) (lyrics: "Stand By Me") / (music: "Stand By Me")
 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 Special) (writer: "Gamblers Blues")
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Internal Affairs (1995) ... (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone" - uncredited)
 1994 Dead Air (TV Movie) (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1994 Chasers (performer: "The Thrill Is Gone")
 1994 Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (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")
 1993 RoboCop 3 (performer: "Keep It To Yourself")
 1992 CrissCross (performer: "Sweet Little Angel") / (writer: "Sweet Little Angel")
 1991 Teech (TV Series) (performer: "Teach Me")
 1991 Thelma & Louise (performer: "Better Not Look Down")
 1990 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Charles Grodin/B.B. King/Amy Yasbeck (1990) ... (performer: "Let the Good Times Roll", "Peace to the World" - uncredited)
 1990 Air America (performer: "Right Place, Wrong Time")
 1990 Un dia és un dia (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.3 (1990) ... (performer: "Thrill Is Gone", "When Love Comes to Town", "Peace to the World")
 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 Notes After Long Silence (Short) (performer: "When It All Comes Down (I'll Still be Around)" - uncredited)
 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 B.B. King: Into the Night (Video documentary short) (performer: "IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR")
 1985 The Insiders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1985) ... (performer: "Into the Night" - uncredited)
 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")
 1982 The King of Comedy (performer: "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do")
  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" - uncredited) / (writer: "I Know the Price" - uncredited)
- Nothing to Fear But... (1981) ... (writer: "Rock Me Baby" - uncredited)
- Mike Fright (1979) ... (performer: "Friends" - uncredited) / (writer: "Friends" - uncredited)
 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")
 1973 Iltatähti (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 4 December 1973 (1973) ... (performer: "How Blue Can You Get")
 1973 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: "King of the Blues" (Crown Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 14 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 | B. B. King


5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

About 15 times, a lady has said, "It's either me or Lucille [his guitar]". That's why I've had 15 children by 15 women. See more »


Claimed to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women. At the time of his death, news sources claimed that his 15 children were a combination of biological and adopted (but did not indicate how many of each), but that only 11 of those children survived him. Those included eldest surviving daughter Shirley King, who was upset that she did not get a chance to see her father ... See more »


His Black Gibson ES-355 guitar, named "Lucille" See more »


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