Great blues singer-guitarist who has appeared in a number of films since 1971.
- 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.