Riley B. King, known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer.
King was born on a cotton plantation of Berclair near the city of Itta Bena, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church and began his career in juke joints and local radio.
B.B. King is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues".
AllMusic recognized King as "the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century".