B.B. King

1925 - 2015

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Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B. B. King, was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending, shimmering vibrato, and staccato picking that influenced many later blues electric guitar players. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of B.B. King has received more than 7,826,753 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). B.B. King is the 48th most popular musician (down from 44th in 2019), the 309th most popular biography from United States (down from 263rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Musician.

B.B. King is most famous for his guitar playing. He has been playing since he was a child and has had many hit songs.

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Among musicians, B.B. King ranks 48 out of 3,175Before him are Maria Anna Mozart, Ronnie James Dio, Syd Barrett, Miles Davis, Martha Argerich, and Goran Bregović. After him are Isaac Albéniz, Victor Borge, Pablo Casals, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, and Amir Khusrow.

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Among people born in 1925, B.B. King ranks 21Before him are Mikis Theodorakis, Lee Van Cleef, Carlos Castaneda, Robert F. Kennedy, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Tony Curtis. After him are Jack Lemmon, Rock Hudson, Jacques Delors, Peter Sellers, Michel Piccoli, and Douglas Engelbart. Among people deceased in 2015, B.B. King ranks 12Before him are Nicholas Winton, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Terry Pratchett, and Tomas Tranströmer. After him are Helmut Schmidt, Anita Ekberg, Süleyman Demirel, Henning Mankell, Josef Masopust, and Laura Antonelli.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, B.B. King ranks 309 out of 20,380Before him are Burt Lancaster (1913), Clinton Davisson (1881), Oliver Hardy (1892), David Woodard (1964), Calvin Coolidge (1872), and Billy the Kid (1859). After him are Norbert Wiener (1894), Eli Whitney (1765), Rita Hayworth (1918), J. Edgar Hoover (1895), Nina Simone (1933), and J. P. Morgan (1837).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, B.B. King ranks 13Before him are Scatman John (1942), Frank Zappa (1940), Brian Wilson (1942), Chuck Berry (1926), Ronnie James Dio (1942), and Miles Davis (1926). After him are Bruce Springsteen (1949), Cliff Burton (1962), Duke Ellington (1899), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), Dean Martin (1917), and Yehudi Menuhin (1916).