• B.B King was an American blues legend
  • He was widely known as the father of modern Blues
  • THIS was his cause of death

He was born Riley B. King in Itta Bena, Mississippi on September 16, 1925. In the early 1950s, King signed a contract with Modern Records and made his first recordings. And it wasn't too long before his immense talent shone through to the world. The song, "Three O'Clock Blues," earned him a strong local reputation and he began touring nationwide.

King needed time to cook!

Although he was widely respected by the blues community, and continued to play to large black audiences, B.B. King did not achieve the same mainstream success as some of his contemporaries.

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By the late 1960s, however, King received more widespread attention as many rock n' roll musicians such as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy began citing him as a musical influence...

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