All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King died at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.
B.B. King was one of those people who seem to have been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. It’s no wonder that we feel that way since his recording career began in 1949, and by that time he had already been a singer in a gospel choir, a performing musician, and a DJ. He had been born Riley B. King on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena in 1925, and considered nearby Indianola to be his home town. His mother left his father when Riley was four years-old, and he was sent to live with his grandmother in Kilmichael.