Riley B. King is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, widely considered one of the best and most respected blues musicians of all time. One of his trademarks is “Lucille”, the name he has given to his guitars since the 1950s.
In 1947, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles based RPM Records. Many of King’s early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. King was also a disc jockey in Memphis, where he gained the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy”, later shortened to B.B.
In the 1950s, King became one of the most important names in R&B music, collecting an impressive list of hits under his belt that included songs like “You Know I Love You,” “Woke Up This Morning,” “Please Love Me,” “When My Heart Beats like a Hammer,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “You Upset Me Baby,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” “Sneakin? Around,” “Ten Long Years,” “Bad Luck,” “Sweet Little Angel,” “On My Word of Honor,” and “Please Accept My Love”. In 1962, King signed to ABC-Paramount Records.
The 1980s, 1990s and 2000s saw King recording less and less, but maintaining a highly visible and active career appearing on numerous television shows, major motion BOB performing 300 nights a year. In 1988, he reached a new generation of fans via the single “When Love Comes To Town”, together with the Irish band U2 on their ?Rattle and Hum? album. In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record ?Riding With the King?.