B.B. King

B.B. King

King in 2009, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Riley B. King

Date of Birth: September 16, 1925

Place of Birth: Berclair, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Death: May 14, 2015

Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

B.B. King was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He played an influential style of soloing, based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato.

He born in Berclair, Mississipi, to African-American parents, Nora Ella (Pulley) and Albert King. B.B. was married to Martha Lee Denton and Sue Carol Hall. He has been said to have had fifteen children.

B.B.’s paternal grandfather was Fredrick Douglas King (the son of Jeff King and Easter Kimble). Easter was the daughter of Soloman Kimble and Nancy.

B.B.’s paternal grandmother was named Betty McQuiston (the daughter of Simon McQuiston and Mahala).

B.B.’s maternal grandfather was named Jasper Pulley (the son of Mary Jane).

B.B.’s maternal grandmother was named Elnora Davidson (the daughter of Pompey Davidson and Emily Jane). Elnora was born in Mississippi. Pompey was the son of Harry Davidson and Manervia Chandler.

Sources: Genealogy of B.B. King – http://www.geni.com

Death record of B.B. King – https://www.findagrave.com


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6 Responses

  1. Freerk says:

    You are gone, but the thrill (of your playing) will never go.

    Rest in peace, B.B.

  2. andrew says:

    I read his extraordinary biography “Blues all around me”, even though I’m not a huge fan of him, and I remember B.B. (“Blues Boy”) was named after Jim O’Reilly, an Irish plantation owner

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    Thanks ethnic, was having a hard time summitting it myself,

    Rest in peace bb

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