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Transcript of B.B.King
Itta Bena, Mississippi.
In 1947, he hitchhiked to
Memphis, TN to start his
career. Fun Facts All About Him B.B. King's Guitar "Lucille" He had 15 kids and had been
married and divorced twice.
His real name is Riley but he
named himself "Blues Boy"
His first guitar was only $15! African American Singer, Musian, and songwriter What was it like for you as a black kid growing up in the Mississippi Delta in the 1920s and '30s?
B.B. Kings interview Q: A: Thanks for watching!!
Me at B.B. Kings
B.B. King first became very popular playing in clubs in Memphis. Some of his top hits were "Three O'Clock Blues" and “The Thrill Is Gone.” He later earned two Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During one of B.B. King's performances, the club where he was playing caught on fire. When he was outside he realized his guitar was inside, so he ran back into the burning building to save it. Later, he learned the fire was caused by two men fighting over a woman named Lucille. He named his guitar Lucille after that woman! This month I got to go downtown and eat at B.B. King's restaurant on Beale Street! Accomplishments Blues Music Blues music started with work songs of African slaves. The music usually has a sad tone and is very rhythmic. B.B. King played an important role in spreading the popularity of blues.