B.B. King

1925 - 2015

B.B. King

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later blues electric guitar players.King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues", and is considered one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King, none of whom are blood related). King performed tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing on average at more than 200 concerts per year into his 70s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of B.B. King has received more than 4,855,213 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 23rd most popular musician.

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  • 75

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  • 4.60

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Among musicians, B.B. King ranks 24 out of 2,258Before him are Ringo Starr, Clara Schumann, Brian May, Naruhito, Mark Knopfler, and Chuck Berry. After him are Eric Clapton, Władysław Szpilman, Cat Stevens, Miles Davis, Giuseppe Tartini, and Bon Scott.

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Among people born in 1925, B.B. King ranks 9Before him are Pol Pot, Richard Burton, Yukio Mishima, Gilles Deleuze, Patrice Lumumba, and Paul Newman. After him are Zygmunt Bauman, Robert F. Kennedy, Alija Izetbegović, Mahathir Mohamad, Albert Bandura, and Tony Curtis. Among people deceased in 2015, B.B. King ranks 10Before him are Günter Grass, Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Demis Roussos, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Tomas Tranströmer. After him are Süleyman Demirel, Terry Pratchett, Anita Ekberg, Henning Mankell, Kenan Evren, and Lemmy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, B.B. King ranks 152 out of 12,171Before him are Carl Sagan (1934), Peter Falk (1927), James Brown (1933), Sharon Tate (1943), Vin Diesel (1967), and David Rockefeller (1915). After him are Brad Pitt (1963), Jon Voight (1938), Robert F. Kennedy (1925), Humphrey Bogart (1899), Gene Cernan (1934), and Walt Whitman (1819).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, B.B. King ranks 8Before him are Bob Dylan (1941), Madonna (1958), Jimi Hendrix (1942), Louis Armstrong (1901), Ray Charles (1930), and Chuck Berry (1926). After him are Miles Davis (1926), Frank Zappa (1940), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Brian Wilson (1942), Scatman John (1942), and Chet Baker (1929).