B.B. King - Famous Record Producer

B.B. King Net Worth


B.B. King, a famous American blues musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, had a net worth of $10 million. Known as the “King of Blues,” he was ranked by Rolling Stone as the sixth greatest guitarist of all time in 2011 and won 15 Grammy Awards throughout his career.

Key facts:

  • B.B. King was an American blues musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
  • In 197, he won a Grammy for his famous song 'The Thrill is Gone'.
  • He was ranked by Rolling Stone as the sixth greatest guitarist of all time in 2011.
  • King released over 40 studio albums and won 15 Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Basic Information About B.B. King

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Rock Stars
ProfessionsSongwriter, Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer, Actor, Composer
Net worth$10,000,000
Date of birth1925-09-16
Place of birthBerclair, Mississippi
Date of death2015-05-15 (aged 89)
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksHis Black Gibson ES-355 guitar, named "Lucille"
His vibrato-finger technique on the guitar
Spouse4 June - Sue Carol Hall (Β 1958 - 1966)Β (divorced)
11 November - Martha Lee Denton (Β 1944 - 1952)Β (divorced)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

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B.B. King roles

Movie / Series Role
Spies Like UsAce Tomato Agent
Blues Brothers 2000Malvern Gasperon
Amazon Women on the MoonSelf (segment "Blacks Without Soul")
Heart and SoulsB.B. King
The Cosby ShowRiley Jackson 1 episode, 1990
Sesame StreetSelf 1 episode, 1970
BlossomSelf 1 episode, 1993
The Young and the RestlessSelf 1 episode, 2001
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirPappy 1 episode, 1995
Sanford and SonB.B. King 1 episode, 1977
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf / ... 7 episodes, 1992-2012
The Dick Cavett ShowSelf 3 episodes, 1970-1972
Late Night with Conan O'BrienSelf - Musical Guest 1 episode, 1998

B.B. King's Quotes

  • About 15 times, a lady has said, "It's either me or Lucille [his guitar]". That's why I've had 15 children by 15 women.
  • Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!
  • [asked what he would do differently, could he live his life over] I would have finished high school.
  • Nobody loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin', too.
  • [on which musicians will keep the blues alive in a June 2006 interview] I could name so many that I think that you won't miss me at all when I'm not around. You'll maybe miss seeing my face, but the music will go on.

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Interesting Facts about B.B. King

  1. Was one of the most talented and celebrated electric-blues artists of the late 20th Century. He recorded between 90 to 100 blues albums over the course of his singing career and was known for refining electric-blues more than any other blues artist, (a genre invented by the late great Muddy Waters).
  2. Claimed to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women. At the time of his death, news sources claimed that his 15 children were a combination of biological and adopted (but did not indicate how many of each), but that only 11 of those children survived him. Those included eldest surviving daughter Shirley King, who was upset that she did not get a chance to see her father before his death.
  3. He played a Gibson B.B. King Lucille. The model he played used to have a Gibson number name, but starting in 1982, after making some special modifications per King's requests, the guitar became the Lucille model.
  4. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  5. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990.
  6. According to Las Vegas coroner's report, B.B. King died from Alzheimer's disease, with type 2 diabetes, coronary artery atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, hypertension and cerebral vascular disease acting as significant contributing factors. He died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT, at his home in Las Vegas, NV. He canceled a tour in October 2014, citing dehydration and exhaustion stemming from the diabetes.
  7. Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
  8. He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, on May 24, 2004.
  9. He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
  10. Mentioned in the song "Dig It" by The Beatles.
  11. Performed the song "When Love Comes to Town" in a duet with U2 from the album "Rattle and Hum".
  12. Was a vegetarian, non-drinker and -smoker, and licensed pilot.
  13. Owned blues clubs in Memphis, New York City, and Los Angeles.
  14. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  15. Attended the opening of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola, Mississippi. [September 2008]
  16. The name B.B. King is short for his first stage name, Blues Boy King.
  17. He chopped and picked cotton as a boy.
  18. Won 15 Grammys and sold more than 40 million records worldwide, a remarkable number for blues.
  19. Received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman's Award, among many other awards.
  20. His music inspired Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.

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