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B. B. King was an American singer and guitarist. He is one of the greatest guitarists of all time and one of the most successful blues artists worldwide. B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925, and had a passion for music since a young age. Throughout his younger years, his dream was to be a famous musician. He taught himself how to play the guitar and would spend hours playing every day. His big break came after he moved from Mississippi to Memphis in order to start his music career when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program called KWEM. In 1949 he signed a contract with RPM Records and later started his own band called the B. B. King Review. He started touring all throughout the United States and his single “3 O’Clock Blues” charted number one on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues list. Throughout the 1950s, his hit singles included "You Know I Love You", "Woke Up This Morning", "Please Love Me", "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer", "Whole Lotta Love", "You Upset Me Baby", “Every Day I Have the Blues, "Sneakin' Around", "Ten Long Years", "Bad Luck", "Sweet Little Angel”, "On My Word of Honor", and "Please Accept My Love".
During the 1960s, King was pushed towards a more rock and roll style, in which he gained popularity amongst rock fans. He opened for the Rolling Stones’ 1969 American Tour, won a 1970 Grammy Award for “The Thrill Is Gone,” and was ranked 183 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time with “The Thrill Is Gone” again. In 1980 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, in 1987 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2014 he was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, King went on a “farewell” tour; however, he maintained an active career after. King died on May 14, 2015.
Ever since he started recording B. B. King became a renowned musical figure. His unique guitar style has nicknamed him “The King of the Blues.” There’s no better way to support one of the greatest artists of all time than with the purchase of one of our Hollywood memorabilia collectibles. All of our B. B. King autographed collectibles are certified authentic and are rare and unique pieces that will add value to any collection.
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