Began his career in music as a disc jockey in Memphis after hitch-hiking to the city from Mississippi.
Released more than 50 blues albums, beginning with his debut studio release Singin' the Blues in 1956.
Inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1990 and has since become a spokesperson for diabetes research and fundraising.
Awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on December 15, 2006.
Earned honorary Doctorate in Music degrees from numerous schools, including Yale University, Tougaloo College, Berklee College of Music, Rhodes College of Memphis, Mississippi Valley State University, and Brown University.
The B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi opened in 2008 to honor King and his contemporary Delta blues musicians.