BB King is being remembered on Google Doodle on what would have been his 94th birthday.
Born on 15 September, 1925, the musician began his career in Mississippi juke joints and local radio after discovering his special guitar skills in church.
It was through this instrument that King influenced other blues performers; his solos would showcase his ability to bend the strings in a way that hadn’t been done before.
King toured the world after his music career kicked into gear following a move to Memphis, Tennessee. He appeared on average at more than 200 concerts per year right into his 70s.
BB is a nickname
The musician’s real name was Riley B King, but he found his professional name after working as a DJ on Tennessee radio station WDIA. There, he was nicknamed Blues Boy, which was later shortened to BB.
He was one of the musicians to put Beale Street on the map
King was an integral part of the blues scene on Beale Street in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He performed alongside Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace and Earl Forrest in a band called The Beale Streeters, and would later credit the location with kick-starting his career. A blues club was opened there in his honour in 1994.