B.B. King
Legendary blues musician/singer B.B. King appears as himself in the Sanford and Son episode "Fred Sings The Blues" in Season 6.
Vital Information
Gender: Male
Birthname: Riley B. King
Born: (1925-09-16) September 16, 1925 (age 92)
Birthplace: Bena, Mississippi, U.S.
Blues musician, blues singer, songwriter, composer, actor
Years active: 1949-present
Family/Personal information
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "Fred Sings The Blues" in Season 6
Character(s) played: Himself
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Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. B.B. makes a guest appearance in the Season 6 episode "Fred Sings The Blues".

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".

According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." B.B. was inducted into the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert king] and Freddie King).<

B.B. King is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows, and still at the age of 87 King appears at 100 shows a year.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone_Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarists' vocabulary. His economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George_Harrison, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. King has mixed Blues, Jazz, Swing, mainstream pop and jump blues into a unique sound. In King's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

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