B.B. King (1925–2015)

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Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato and staccato picking that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. AllMusic ... See full bio »


(age 89) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Blues Brothers 2000 Malvern Gasperon
The Fugitive Soundtrack
Spies Like Us Ace Tomato Agent
RoboCop 3 Soundtrack


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 2009 B.B. King: One Shoe Blues (Music Video)
B.B. King
 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie)
The Bluesman
 1999 Cow and Chicken (TV Series)
Blind Mud Puddle Johnson
 1998 B.B. King Feat. Tracy Chapman: The Thrill Is Gone (Music Video)
B.B. King
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000
Malvern Gasperon
 1997 The Fearless Four
Fred (English version, voice)
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
B.B. King
- Indigo Angel (1996) ... B.B. King
 1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
- Bourgie Sings the Blues (1995) ... Pappy
 1993 Eddie Murphy: Desdamona (Music Video short)
BB King
 1993 Heart and Souls
B.B. King
 1993 Blossom (TV Series)
B.B. King
- The Thrill Is Gone (1993) ... B.B. King
 1991 Teech (TV Series)
Uncle Isaac
- Stool Daze (1991) ... Uncle Isaac
 1991 Married... with Children (TV Series)
Street Singer
- Look Who's Barking (1991) ... Street Singer
 1990 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Riley Jackson
- Not Everybody Loves the Blues (1990) ... Riley Jackson
 1989 U2 & B. B. King: When Love Comes to Town (Music Video)
B.B. King
 1985 Spies Like Us
Ace Tomato Agent
 1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
B.B. King
- Fred Sings the Blues (1977) ... B.B. King
 1972 Sounding Out (TV Series)
B.B. King
 1971 Sesame Street (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Album: "Blues On Top of Blues" (Bluesway). See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 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


5' 9¾" (1.77 m)


Sue Carol Hall  (divorced) | See more »

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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 »


Was one of the most talented and celebrated electric-blues artists of the late 20th century. He recorded between 90 to 100 blues albums over the course of his singing career and was known for refining electric-blues more than any other blues artist, (a genre invented by the late great Muddy Waters). See more »


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


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