Blues Boy King, formerly The Beale Street Blues Boy was a radio DJ in Memphis who we now know as B.B. King. For years I’ve wondered what the B.B. stood for and never thought to look it up. His real name is Riley King, but as fate would have it, B.B. King is a much more swaggerific name.
The King received his first Grammy in 1971 – Best R&B Performance for “The Thrill is Gone,” but continued to win many more Grammy’s, even nabbing an award as recent as 2008. One of his sweetest accomplishments among many, was winning Best Traditional Blues Album in 2005 for his album entitled 80, celebrating his 80th Birthday. King once played 342 one-night stand gigs in 1956 at the age of 31. My grandmother LOVED B.B. King, especially because his famed-guitar “Lucille” was her namesake.