B.B. King dies at age 89, net worth

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One of the most legendary musicians the world has ever known, the “King of the Blues,” B.B. King, has passed away at age 89. B.B. King was known worldwide for his distinct voice and playing style, his signature guitar “Lucille,” and his positive attitude and outlook on life. His net worth at the time of death was $10 million. The blues legend died in his sleep in Las Vegas, according to the BBC.

King was revered for his hit songs “My Lucille,” “Sweet Little Angel,” and “Rock me Baby,” all of which went on to become blues standards covered by the likes of Eric Clapton, Ike & Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin. He is also widely now for his classic renditions of old blues tunes, most famously his cover of Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill is Gone.”

B.B. King was born in Mississippi to sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King, and his given first name was Riley. Raised by his grandmother, a young B.B. King sang in the gospel choir at the Elkhorn Baptist Church in Mississippi. He purchased his first guitar at age 12 for $15, and left home at age 18 to play the blues.

King made his first recording in Nashville on Bullet Records, releasing the single “Miss Martha King” in 1949. Though it was a flop, it was all King needed to assemble his own band, score a contract with RPM records, and hit the road playing stops across the entire country.

B.B. King won fifteen Grammies throughout his lifetime, receiving the last in 2009. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and named the third best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone.

Even if you aren’t a blues fan, you’ve surely heard of B.B. King. He will be impossible to replace.



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