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Birth Name:
Riley B. King

Born:
B.B. King

Genre:
Blues

Years Active:
'40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Essentials

B.B. King
B.B. King
Electric Blues
Electric Blues
1955
1955





B.B. King

Biography

Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. His bent notes and staccato picking style have influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice — capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric — provides a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was one of the few full-fledged blues artists to score a major pop hit when his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone" crossed over to mainstream success (engendering memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand). Since that time, he has partnered with such musicians as Eric Clapton and U2 while managing his own acclaimed solo career, all the while maintaining his immediately recognizable style on the electric guitar.

Top Albums

Ralph J. Gleason's Jazz Casual, Vol. 4, B.B. King
1. Ralph J. Gle..
80, B.B. King
2. 80
Complete Collection, B.B. King
3. Complete Col..
Greatest Hits, B.B. King
4. Greatest Hit..
Riding With the King, B.B. King
5. Riding With ..
Live at the Regal, B.B. King
6. Live at the ..
One Kind Favor (Bonus Track Version), B.B. King
7. One Kind Fav..
Live in Cook County Jail, B.B. King
8. Live in Cook..
A Christmas Celebration of Hope, B.B. King
9. A Christmas ..
Blues on the Bayou, B.B. King
10. Blues on the..
Deuces Wild, B.B. King
11. Deuces Wild
B.B. King, B.B. King
12. B.B. King
Indianola Mississippi Seeds, B.B. King
13. Indianola Mi..
Together for the First Time...Live, B.B. King
14. Together for..
Lucille, B.B. King
15. Lucille
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of B.B. King, B.B. King
16. 20th Century..
Live at San Quentin, B.B. King
17. Live at San ..
Together Again...Live, B.B. King
18. Together Aga..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of B.B. King, B.B. King
19. 20th Century..
Blues Summit, B.B. King
20. Blues Summit

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Thrill Is Gone (1969 Single Version)Complete Collection5:24$1.29
2.
Thrill Is Gone805:01$1.29
3.
When Love Comes to TownRattle and Hum4:14$1.29
4.
Back Door SantaVery Special Christmas, Vol..3:49$1.29
5.
Merry Christmas BabyChristmas Celebration of Ho..3:56$0.99
6.
Need Your Love So Bad803:56$1.29
7.
Thrill Is Gone (1969) [Single]Greatest Hits5:28$1.29
8.
When Love Comes to TownGreatest Hits4:12$1.29
9.
Sinner's PrayerGenius Loves Company4:23$0.99
10.
Riding With the KingRiding With the King4:24$1.29
11.
Thrill Is GoneB.B. King5:00$0.99
12.
You Done Lost Your Good ThingMost Essential Blues5:08$0.99
13.
Hold On I'm ComingRiding With the King6:18$1.29
14.
Three O'Clock BluesRiding With the King8:36$1.29
15.
Sweet Little Angel (1964) [Regal The..Greatest Hits3:49$0.99
16.
Christmas LoveChristmas Celebration of Ho..2:57$0.99
17.
Please Come Home for Christmas (/ Ad..Christmas Celebration of Ho..4:53$0.99
18.
How Blue Can You Get? (1970 Cook Cou..Live in Cook County Jail5:12$1.29
19.
Rock Me BabyDeuces Wild6:38$0.99
20.
Let the Good Times Roll (1976 / Live..Complete Collection5:49$1.29
21.
Paying the Cost to Be the BossComplete Collection2:32$1.29
22.
When Love Comes to TownBest of 1980-19904:18$1.29
23.
Hummingbird804:40$0.99
24.
Thrill Is Gone (1969 Single Version)Completely Well (1998 Reiss..5:24$1.29
25.
Right Time, Wrong Place (Soundtrack ..King of the Blues4:02$0.99

Top Music Videos

The Thrill Is Gone, B.B. King
1. The Thrill Is ..
The Thrill Is Gone (Live), B.B. King
2. The Thrill Is ..
Sweet Sixteen (Live from Africa), B.B. King
3. Sweet Sixteen ..
Why I Sing the Blues (Live In Africa), B.B. King
4. Why I Sing the..
The Thrill Is Gone (Live In Africa), B.B. King
5. The Thrill Is ..
The Thrill Is Gone (Ed Sullivan Show/Live/1970), B.B. King
6. The Thrill Is ..
I Believe In My Soul (Live In Africa), B.B. King
7. I Believe In M..
Ain't Nobody Home (Live In Africa), B.B. King
8. Ain't Nobody H..
To Know You Is to Love You (Live In Africa), B.B. King
9. To Know You Is..
I Like to Live the Love (Live In Africa), B.B. King
10. I Like to Live..
Guess Who (Live In Africa), B.B. King
11. Guess Who (Liv..


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