B B King

B B King Tickets

B. B. King’s decades’ long musicianship and matchless artistry crown him as the rightful king of the blues. Known for his impeccable technique of fluid cording coupled with vibrato infused guitar playing, King serves as a role model for famous guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Cited as one of the living legends of jazz and blues, King regularly tours and performs for his devoted fans. Currently, he is hitting the road with performances in multiple cities of the US for his most recent concert series. Enjoy some of his perennial hits during one of his live shows in your city.  

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B. B. King


16 Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Hit Songs:

The Thrill is Gone, Lucille, 3 O’Clock Blues, Every Day I Have the Blues, Sweet Little Angel

Developing the Moniker

Growing up in Kilmichael, Mississippi, King’s early learning came from his singing for different native choirs. At twelve, he began playing the guitar and soon became an adept player. During the late 40s, King got a spot on the Memphis based radio station named WDIA. This ten minutes spot became so popular among the listeners that it led him to work as the radio jockey and singer for the station. During the time, he gained the alias Blues Boy which was later shortened to B. B.

Early Solo Experiences

One of his early singles includes Miss Martha King that was recorded in 1949. Signing to RPM Records, he recorded a number of songs and collaborated with different musicians. With the start of the 50s, King emerged as one of the most prominent artists of the time and produced a number of hits. Among others, You Know I Love You, My Heart Beats like a Hammer and Sweet Little Angel defined his style of singing and guitar playing.

King also headlined more than 300 shows a year and emerged as a successful recording and touring artist. He appeared on the music charts with his 1968 albums Blues on Top of Blues and Lucille. The following two records, Live & Well and Completely Well were released in 1969 that charted on higher positions than the previous albums. This commercial success proved promising for him and a number of acclaimed records followed.

Rise to Stardom

With the start of the 70s, B. B. King released a series of successful records that earned him commercial and critical acclaim. He won his first Grammy in 1971 for the song The Thrill is Gone. All of the albums that were released in the 70s charted on the Billboard 200 and gave a boost to his image. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere, Blues ‘N’ Jazz and other hit albums summed up the wonderful decade of the 80s. Besides consistent recording, King tirelessly toured around the world. Shooting sales of B. B. King tickets made him a musician with 300 concert nights a year on average. In 1987, he was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Prevalent Success

90s turned out to be equally fantastic for B. B. King as he continued to produce popular albums. In 1997, Deuces Wild became his first studio record to top the US Blues chart and received Platinum and Gold certifications. In 2000, he collaborated with the guitarist Eric Clapton on his album titled Riding with the King. This joint effort resulted in smash hits like Key to the Highway and Hold On, I’m Comin’ and the album went double Platinum in the US. 

Rest of the decade included chartbusters like Christmas Celebration of Hope, B. B. King & Friends: 80 and One Kind Favor, the latter being his latest studio album. With an impressive career that spans more than six decades, B. B. King has produced more than fifty albums that will remain the classics of jazz and blues.

B. B. King Live

B. B. King’s relentless passion for music draws him onstage and he performs at some of the leading venues in different countries. The king of blues will soon be dropping at your city as part of his latest countrywide tour. Attend his concert and enjoy his impassioned and lively performances.


Did You Know…

  • B. B. King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
  • He was awarded with Kennedy Center Honors in 1995.
  • In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President George W. Bush.
  • He was named the 3rd best electric guitarists of all time by the Time Magazine.
  • King ranked at 6th on the Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.