B.B.KING September 16th 1925 - May 14th 2015

Pre 1949 BB King, the nickname given to him as the Beale Street Blues Boy releases his first single Three O'Clock Blues

1949 Two other singles You Know I Love You and Woke Up This Morning closely follow

1956 King reportedly appeared at 342 shows in one year

1962 King gets a recording deal with ABC Records

1969 Released hit single The Thrill is Gone

1971 King receives first of 15 Grammy Awards

1977 Granted an honourary Doctor Of Music by Yale University

1987 Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1989 Teamed up with U2 for When Love Comes To Town

2006 Ran the 'Farewell' music tour but continued playing for another decade

2008 A museum was created in honour of the 'King Of Blues'

2009 Wins 15th Grammy Award

2011 Played Glastonbury Music Festival

2012 Invited to sing at the White House with President Obama

2014 Continued to tour the US until he fell on stage and was rushed to hospital

2014 Inducted into R&B Music Hall of Fame


A self-taught guitarist, King entered the industry as a disc jockey after serving in World War II and released his first single Three O'Clock Blues in 1949.

He was named BB from being nicknamed 'Beale Street Blues Boy' and called each of his guitars 'Lucille' after witnessing two men fight over a woman of the same name.

Guitarist BB was married twice - both of which ended by the mid-1960s - and succeeded 11 living children and 50 grandchildren.