WHO IS HE: B.B. King is a living legend and absolute master of the blues. His note-bending guitar style is instantly recognizable and has been inspiring guitarists in genres as diverse as rock, pop, country, jazz and R&B as well as the blues for more than 60 years. The Mississippi native had an incredible 74 songs hit the Billboard R&B charts between 1951 and 1985 and in 1970 he even managed to score big on the pop charts with his hit single “The Thrill is Gone.” In the late 1980s, King was able to garner a new generation of fans after appearing with U2 in the film/album “Rattle and Hum,” performing a duet on “When Love Comes to Town.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his beloved guitar “Lucille” by his side, B.B. King has been belting out his brand of Mississippi Delta blues since the late 1940s. This iconic figure helped to revolutionize the electric guitar as well as blues music as a whole and continues to serve as a sort of unofficial ambassador for the genre. Despite the fact King is now 87 years old, he hasn’t lost his chops or passion for performing. Although his guitar playing is generally the most revered of his talents, King also is an exceptional singer who delivers lyrics with such gut-level emotion that grown men are often brought to the brink of tears.
WHAT’S NEW: A new documentary on King, featuring narration by Morgan Freeman was released in October.