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REAL NAME: Riley B. King
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BIRTHDAY: September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 15
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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: 1987

 
RECENT TIMELINE

1989...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "When Love Comes To Town" with
U2 won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.

1990...

February
B.B. King - Completely Wellbutton.gif (123 bytes) King was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Recording (King Of The Blues: 1989) and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("When Love Comes To Town" with U2).

1991...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Recording (Live At San Quentin) and was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Recording ("Red Hot + Blue" with Lee Atwater) and Best Country Vocal Collaboration ("Waiting On The Light To Change" with Randy Travis)

1992...

February
B.B. King - Blues Summitbutton.gif (123 bytes) King won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (Live At The Apollo).

1994...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) King won a
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (Blues Summit).

1997...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll includes "Sweet Little Angel" and "The Thrill Is Gone."

February
B.B. Kingbutton.gif (123 bytes) King won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("SRV Shuffle" with Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, and Art Neville).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) King was honored with the Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Hollywood. Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, and John Lee Hooker were among the musicians attending to help celebrate King's achievements. King stated, "I'm feeling so proud, my buttons are about to pop."

November
B.B. King - Dueces Wildbutton.gif (123 bytes) King released Deuces Wild - a compilation of duets including appearances by Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Heavy D., Tracy Chapman, D'Angelo, Joe Cocker and Van Morrison.
button.gif (123 bytes) Deuces Wild topped the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 weeks.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) King performed for the Pope and presented the Pontiff with "Lucille" his famous guitar.

1998...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Ranked # 51 on VH1: 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll (and # 75 on Rock On The Net's Poll).

October
B.B. King - Blues On The Bayoubutton.gif (123 bytes) King was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mobo Awards.
button.gif (123 bytes) King released Blues On The Bayou.

1999...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Deuces Wild).

May
B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordanbutton.gif (123 bytes) King was honored with Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year Award for Blues On The Bayou at the W.C. Handy Awards (presented by the Blues Foundation).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) King released Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan.

2000...

June
Eric Clapton & B.B. King - Riding With The Kingbutton.gif (123 bytes) King released Riding With The King with Eric Clapton.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Riding With The King topped the Billboard Internet Album chart for 7 weeks and the Billboard Blues Album chart into 2001.
button.gif (123 bytes) Riding With The King was certified platinum.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) King topped Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Blues Album (Riding With The King) and as the Top Blues Artist.

2001...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)" with Dr. John) and was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album (Riding With The King and Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan).
button.gif (123 bytes) Riding With The King was certified 2x platinum.

March
B.B. King - The Best Of B.B. King: The Millennium Collectionbutton.gif (123 bytes) King topped the Billboard Blues Albums chart for a week with The Best Of B.B. King: The Millennium Collection.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) King won awards for Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year (for Riding With The King) at the Annual W.C. Handy Awards.

November
B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration Of Hopebutton.gif (123 bytes) King released a Christmas LP - A Christmas Celebration Of Hope (available for download at iTunes and Amazon.mp3).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) King topped the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 5 weeks with A Christmas Celebration Of Hope.
button.gif (123 bytes) For the second year in a row, King topped Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Blues Album (Riding With The King) and as the Top Blues Artist.

2002...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) King won Entertainer of the Year at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards (for the 4th year in a row).

2003..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance ("Auld Lang Syne") and Best Traditional Blues Album (A Christmas Celebration Of Hope).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) King was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) King released Reflections.

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 141: Live At The Regal.

2005..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Sinner's Prayer" with Ray Charles).

September
B.B. King - 80button.gif (123 bytes) King released 80 (Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone - Billboard peak: # 45) - a collection of collaborations with the likes of Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oates, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Glenn Frey, Gloria Estefan, Roger Daltrey, and Elton John.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) King could be heard on the Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now compilation with "Early In The Morning."

2006..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) King won a
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (80).

December
B.B. King - One Kind Favorbutton.gif (123 bytes) King topped Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Blues Artist.

2008..

August
button.gif (123 bytes) King released
One Kind Favor (Billboard peak: # 37).

December
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Rolling Stone: 'The Greatest Singers' includes King at # 96.

2009...

February
B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King - 'The Four Kings Of Blues Guitar'button.gif (123 bytes) King won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (One Kind Favor). King performed at the ceremony.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) B.B. along with Freddie King, Albert King, and Earl King released The Four Kings Of Blues Guitar.

2012....

March
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Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2011 was released.

2015...

  • May 14: B.B. died at the age of 89.

2016...

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