DAILY FUEL: B.B. King – Blues Master

American blues guitar master Riley B. B.B. KING was born on a cotton plantation on this date in 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi, and began playing guitar as a boy in church. Determined in his late teens to become a “radio musician”, King eventually began work as a musician supporting gospel groups and playing blues in and around Memphis. Around the late 40’s, he began to be called the “Beale Street Blues Boy”, eventually shortened to “Blues Boy” and then “B.B.”. In a long career that saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, King also received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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