The Biography of Riley "B.B." King

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"Sometimes when I'm blue, seems like Lucille try to help me call my name." B.B. King once said. B.B. King is a great blues singer and player. He has been playing for most of his life and has reached many goals and has become very recognized all over the globe. His most significant symbol has probably become his guitar, who he has loved for years. He has had many rough times and many great times throughout his life. Today, B.B. King is still a very influential individual showing that you can be anything you want if you try hard enough.

Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 on a plantation in Itta Bene, Mississippi. His parents split up when he was 4 years old and was sent to live with his grandmother which he lived with most of his younger years. Riley's mother and grandmother always attended church on Sundays, which is where Riley got his first musical experiences, his mother also sang in the choir.

At church, Reverend Fair played guitar to bring congregation together every morning. Reverend Fair was also the first person to teach King how to play the guitar, beginning with chords (Troupe). When Riley was only 9 years old, his mother died at 25 years old in 1935. When he was 12 years old, he bought he first guitar for only $15.00. In early 1940, Riley's grandmother Elnora also died, he tried to make a living on his own in his grandmother's cabin, but was not successful. He moved in with his father, but after 2 years got home sick and returned back to the area. One year later he moved to Kilmicheal, and while searching for his cousin who at the time was a well known blues player, joined a singing group...