B.B. King

Blues Musician

B.B. King was a well-known blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career spanned almost seven decades, starting in 1949 with RPM Records. His first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” debuted in 1952. It was the start of many more to come. In addition to his raspy, soulful voice, King was known for donning his signature Gibson guitar, which he called Lucille. He became famous for developing a call-and-response routine where he would talk to his guitar like it was a woman. Throughout his career, he won 15 Grammys and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. King died peacefully in his Las Vegas home on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89.