King, B. B., 1925-2015

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B.B. King was born Riley B. King Sept. 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, MS. He got the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", later shortened to "Blues Boy", and finally to B.B. while working as a disc jokey. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, King was a part of the blues scene on Beale Street and by the 1950s he became one of the most important names in R&B music. He died May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.
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referencedIn David "Fathead" Newman Collection MSS 375., 1932 to 1989 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
referencedIn William R. Ferris Collection, 1910s-2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf King, B. B., 1925-.... Guess who [Multimédia multisupport] / B.B. King & his orchestra, groupe instr. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Jay Cassidy photograph collection, 1967-1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf King, B. B., 1925-.... Payin' the cost to be the boss [Multimédia multisupport] / B.B. King & his orchestra, groupe instr. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Jeff Newman Southern Lights, Northern Cross Photograph Collection, 1978-2004 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
creatorOf King, B. B., 1925-.... The thrill is gone [Multimédia multisupport] / B.B. King & his orchestra, groupe instr. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Bland, Bobby B. person
associatedWith Cassidy, Jay. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Ferris, William R. person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Newman, David person
associatedWith Newman, Jeff person
associatedWith Phillips, Sam, 1923-2003 person
associatedWith Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum corporateBody
associatedWith White, Bukka person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Berclair MS US
Itta Bena MS US
United States 00 US
Indianola MS US
Las Vegas NV US
Subject
Blues (Music)
Occupation
Singers
Guitarists
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Birth 1925-09-16

Death 2015-05-14

Americans

English

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