The Blues Foundation

Blues Hall of Fame - 006 - BB King

April 5, 2017

We continue this series with The King of The Blues, BB King. Born in 1925 on a cotton plantation near Itta Benna, MS,  Riley Benjamin King found his muse early in the sacred sounds of rural, Pentacostal church.

First given a guitar by his mother's cousin, famed blues man Bukka White, King soon traded the cruel world of cotton plantations and sharecropping for the excitement and opportunities of life in Memphis and on Beale Street. Never has it the phrase "and the rest is history" been more true.

One of the most important and influential people in the pantheon of American music, BB and his guitar Lucille will live on forever. This is his story.