It would be an understatement to declare him one of the best singer-songwriter and blues guitarists of all time! If an artist has won 15 Grammy Awards , in addition to being a recipient of the most prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award , he is not one of the best, but the best singer-songwriter and blues guitarist of all time! Nobody else but the mighty B. B. King is the only one who deserves the credit for being the godfather of soul, rhythm and blues, electric blues, blues rock, jazz, and soul blues! The man, who some would say, can make his guitar talk, has influenced some of the best guitarists of all times like Jeff Beck, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, to name but a few! Now that he is coming to your town, you must avail this golden opportunity to be in the company of the very best!
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Born with the name Riley B. King , he was brought up in Mississippi. He was raised by his grandmother as his father had abandoned his family and his mother was too poor to raise him. Like most of the African-Americans living in the South, King, too, was active in his church’s choir. The choir became his platform and the church attendants his audience. B. B. King was exposed to the melodious tunes of music rather early in life! Legend has it that he was only 12 when he bought his first guitar. However, it is also said that his first guitar was actually gifted to him by his cousin, Bukka White. Irrespective of the fact whether he bought the guitar himself or was gifted one by his cousin, it is safe to say that he was still very young when he was introduced to strings!
As mentioned above, B. B. King has won some of the most prestigious awards ever! The Grammy Awards that he has won were in various categories like "Best Traditional Blues Album", "Best Rock Instrumental Performance", "Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording", "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance" and "Best Pop Instrumental Performance", among others. He has been bestowed upon with these awards because of his unique skill of mixing pop with swing, jazz, and traditional blues, into a unique and new genre of music. In his own words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."
B. B. King has been able to achieve his present status by being inspired by greats like T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and others. In return, he has been the biggest influence on blues-rock and electric blues guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Peter Green, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. Imagine if one man can influence the work of these giants of music industry, what caliber of an artist he would be! So buy your B. B. King tickets now and watch the legend play!
While it is next to impossible to list all of his work, it is worth mentioning that studio albums like Riding with the King and Deuces Wild , both were certified platinum records. Out of the Live Albums category, Live at the Apollo , Why I Sing the Blues , Live at the Regal , and others have all done extremely well. B B King is also famous for his singles like "I Like to Live the Love", "Chains and Things", "The Thrill is Gone", "Don’t Answer the Door, Pt. 1", "Sweet Sixteen, Pt. 1", plus many others.
An inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 3 rd best guitarist of all time, of "100 greatest guitarists of all time" list of the Rolling Stone magazine is to be believed, B. B. King is all set to perform in your beautiful town! He is what legends are made up of! There will not be another one like him, ever! The man who was inspired by the best and who in turn inspired the very best of all time must be watched live in action! It is a real delight for true lovers of blues! So do not wait and reserve the best seats in the house for yourself and the loved one by buying B. B. King tickets now!