BBKING

Events

Born in Itta Bena, MS

September 16, 1925

Receives first guitar

1937

Moved to Memphis to begin Music Career as disc jockey

1946

First recording with a radio station that led to steady engagements

1948

named guitar Lucille after a girl that two guys fought over at one of his performances

1950

First hit record stays on top of the charts for 4 months

1951

forms first big B.B. King Band

1955

first Grammy award for "The Thrill is Gone"

1970

awarded National Medal of Arts

1990

received the National Award of Distinction from the University of MS

1992

receives the Kennedy Center Honors

1995

The state of Mississippi declare February 15th B.B. King Day

February 15, 2005

President George W. Bush presents king with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

2006

Last Grammy won for the album "One Kind Favor"

2009

became ill

October 2014

Passed away at age 89

May 14, 2015