Happy birthday and long live the King. Riley B. King – B.B. to his friends – turns 85 on September 16, just two days before he closes out the 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in high style.
King's expressive signature style of fluid string bending and elegant vibrato has influenced every electric blues guitarist and singer who followed in his long shadow. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is ranked #3 on Rolling Stone's list of the " 100 greatest guitarists of all time." (Behind Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.)
Since his tour with the Rolling Stones, since B.B. King's signature song "The Thrill is Gone" hit the pop charts in 1970, he has played every corner of the globe, performing before presidents, even presenting a guitar to the Pope as the Ambassador and King of the Blues.
Check out the video to remind you why the King's Reach is so far and wide.