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Finding-Aid for the B.B. King Collection (MUM0001) in the Blues Archive.

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Descriptive Summary
PURL:
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00001/
Title:
B.B. King Collection in the Blues Archive
Materials in:
English
Number:
MUM0001
Location:
Blues A-3 through D-6
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
E-Mail: archive@olemiss.edu
URL: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/archives/
Cite as:
B.B. King Collection (MUM0001) in the Blues Archive. . The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Biographical Note
Citation: http://www.who2.com/bbking.html.
Riley King, known as the King of the Blues, guitarist B.B. King has been performing and recording since the 1940s. He was born on September 16; 1925.He grew up sharecropping in Mississippi and learned to play gospel music on the guitar when he was a teenager. In the late 1940s he turned to playing blues and moved to Memphis, Tennessee to start a music career. After popular performances in clubs and on radio, he kicked off his recording career with "Three O'Clock Blues" (1951), a top hit on the R&B charts. King's early records in the '50s produced some R&B hits, but mainstream success eluded him. He and his band toured almost non-stop, performing hundreds of shows a year and building an audience. He finally had breakthrough success in the late 1960s, when white audiences began to discover rock's debt to the blues. Guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards sang his praises, and King began performing in rock and jazz clubs and had crossover hits like "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" (1968) and "The Thrill Is Gone" (1970). King has recorded more than 50 albums, won 13 Grammys and received dozens of awards and honors over the years, and he still performs four or five nights a week. King is known for his distinctive sound, especially his use of the sliding "bent" note, and for calling his electric Gibson guitar "Lucille." His albums include Live At The Regal (1965), Blues Is King (1967), Deuces Wild (1997) and Blues On The Bayou (1998).

Scope and Contents Note
Contains clippings, correspondence, and publications of various key individuals and organizations. Typed inventory available (7 boxes).

Restrictions
Access Restrictions
Open.
Use Restriction
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