"Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century."
Billy Dahl from AllMusic.com
"Little brother, we've got to get into this."
Duane Allman to his brother Gregg after seeing B.B. perform in Florida when they were teenagers.
While working at the Memphis radio station WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, he was given the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy." It was later shorten to "Blues Boy" and finally to "B.B."
The Hoochie Coochie Man defined Chicago blues.
Pioneer of "jump blues" and a blues guitar legend.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.