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.


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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