10 Amazing Facts about B.B. King
Dubbed as the King of the blues, B.B King is regarded as the most influential blues musicians of all times. He is also known for tirelessly performing at an average of 200 concerts per year throughout his musical career even in his 70s. Below are some amazing facts about B.B King that you will love to know about!
1 - B.B King is an abbreviation of Blues Boy King
The stage name B.B. King is short for Blues Boy which he earned as a Memphis disc jockey.
2 - The Story behind Lucille
A fire once broke out at a venue where B.B. King was playing and the building was evacuated. When B.B. King released that he had left his $30 Gibson inside the hall he went back into the burning building to retrieve it. Turns out the fire began while two men were fighting over a woman called Lucille who worked at the hall. Subsequently, B.B. King named all of his guitars Lucille.
3 - He was ranked No. 3 on the List of 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time
Ranked behind Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, B.B. King was dubbed 3rd on the list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003.
4 - 324 Shows in a Year!
B.B. King is known for playing over 200 shows per year until his 70s and during 1956, B.B. King and his band played 342 shows.
5 - B.B. King’s dedication to Music
He played his 10,000th show at a nightclub in New York on April 17, 2006, despite the fact that he had buried his son who died of cancer the day before the show.
6 - His television Appearances
Besides being a dedicated musician, he appeared on a number of shows like Sanford and Son, The Cosby Show, The Young and the Restless, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Married…With Children, and Sesame Street.
7 - He learned to play guitar from his Cousin
B.B. King learned how to play the guitar from his cousin bluesman Bukka White.
8 - His mother disapproved Blues Music
B.B. King was not allowed to sing blues as her mother used to call it the Devil’s music.
9 - B.B. King was a Vegetarian
While his music has been used in the commercials of Wendy’s and McDonald’s, B.B. King was a vegetarian.
10 - He was a Licensed Pilot
B.B King got his pilot license in 1963 and he would very often fly himself to various gigs until the age of 70.