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. A
contemporary blues guitar solo without at least a couple of recognizable King-inspired bent notes is all…more
In 1990, he was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts given by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
B.B. King is mentioned in "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
On May 24, 2004, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award.
His trademarks are: his vibrator-finger technique on his guitar. His second trademark is playing guitar with a Black Gibson ES-355 that is named "Lucille".
B.B. King is mentioned in The Beatles' song "Dig It."
B.B. King is a vegetarian.
He can often be called by his nicknames: Blues Boy, King of the Blues, and Beale Street Blues Boy.
In 2002, he won a Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special for Sesame Street (1969).
He claims to have 15 children, all with different women out of wedlock.
He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
He has suffered from diabetes since 1990.
His height is 5' 9¾" (1.77m).
B.B. King (when asked what he'd do differently or could he live his life over): I would have finished high school.
B.B. King: Working with other performers - usually they're not selfish. It's usually a learning experience for me because I hear me all the time. I hear them on records sometimes. But to be near them and see them do it live, to listen to them is a learning experience for me.
B.B. King: Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!