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2017

7 March 2017
B.B. King Blues Band back together!

 

From Tony TC Coleman:
"Well, I'm with Jon Brewer and some of my B.B. King alumni doing a documentary about his Band members experiences riding beside the King. On the road again with Walter King, Willie King, Ernest Vantrease, Michael Doster, Lil Joe and Ron Levy. It's too bad Melvin Jackson and Stanley Abernathy aren't here, but they are in spirit."

 

Later that evening, the surviving members of the B.B. King Blues Band performed 'The Thrill is Gone', with Preston Shannon at B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis.

 

6 February 2017
Homecoming Concert for 2017



The Annual B.B. King Homecoming Concert will take place in B.B.'s honour at Club Ebony on June 10, 2017. More details to follow
as soon as they are confirmed.


2016

19 December 2016
Stanley Abernathy



In shock of the passing of our dear friend Stanley Abernathy, who passed away this morning. With deepest sympathy and sincere wishes to Stanley's family and friends at this sad time.

17 September 2016
New Beale St. B.B. King memorial unveiled


(Photo Courtesy WMC Action News 5)

B.B. King’s Blues Club revealed a new marble memorial to B.B. on what would have been his 91st birthday on Friday.

A celebration was held with music and cupcakes.

"He was a father, a brother, an uncle, a musician, a true believer in God, and someone that loved his family and his fans," B.B.'s granddaughter Krystal Young said.

The memorial will stay on permanent display outside the club, making it the only marker on Beale Street dedicated to a Memphis blues musician.

16 September 2016
Thinking of B.B. on his birthday

Celebrating what would have been B.B.'s 91st birthday today! All best wishes to the King of the Blues! I Miss my dear friend everyday.

5 August 2016
B.B. King Day Sept 1

B.B. King Day takes place again at Mississippi Valley State University on September 1, 2016. Help celebrate the life of B.B.

27 July 2016
Grammy Tribute Concert for B.B.



The Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum are partnering on Sept. 1, 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of B.B.

Titled 'Icon: The Life And Legacy of B.B. King', the live tribute will include performances by multi-Grammy winners Keb' Mo', Derek Trucks, and Jimmie Vaughan; Grammy winners Slash and Susan Tedeschi; Grammy nominees Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and artist Joe Lewis Walker. The show will be musically directed by the "Conan" show's own musical director and house band Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band.

In addition to a live tribute performance and storytelling by artists influenced by B.B.'s work, there will be a pre-event VIP reception, for VIP ticket buyers. A handful of auction items signed by participating artists will be available exclusively to attendees for silent bidding.

This event is now Sold Out!

21 July 2016
Presenting Walter Trout with new B.B. Book!



Honoured to have presented Walter Trout with a signed copy of the new black & white paperback B.B. King: A Life of Blues! I met up with Walter last night after his fantastic show at the Robin 2, Bilston. Walter contributed a fantastic tribute to B.B. for the book.

2 June 2016
Elton John presented with B.B. King book!



Honoured to have received a thank you card from Elton John after giving him a copy of my B.B. King book! Over the moon he is reading it!

19 May 2016
B.B to be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame!
B.B. will be inducted into the 2016 ACL Hall of Fame along with Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson.

The Austin City Limits Hall of Fame recognises both performing artists and special individuals who have been instrumental in making the long-running show a music institution.

The inductees will be celebrated at a ceremony highlighted by all-star music performances to be held October 12, 2016, at ACL's studio home, Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

14 May 2016
Remembering B.B. & Celebrating his life

"B.B. wasn’t a star; he was a moon. Stars can burn out, but moons never do"
(Rufus Thomas).

It has been fourteen years since I first wrote a celebration of the life and work of B.B. King. Now as I write these words, it has been one year since my musical hero and friend, Riley B. King passed away.

There are just not enough words to document B.B's successes, accolades, awards and all he achieved in his lifetime. He meant so much to millions of people across the world and continues to do so; both with his amazing legacy of music and with his place in musical and cultural history.

I miss B.B. terribly and celebrate the great man and his music today.

This is for you, my dear friend, with love and appreciation.

Richard Booth - bluesboyking.com

4 May 2016
Presenting Taj Mahal with B.B. King book!



Honoured to have presented Taj Mahal with my B.B. King book, backstage in Cheltenham, at the Jazz Festival this past Sunday!

29 March 2016
B.B. King Day in Memphis!
May 12 has officially been declared B.B. King Day in the city of Memphis! The Mayor, A.C. Wharton has confirmed that this will be an annual event to celebrate B.B. and his amazing life.

9 March 2016
B.B King's Blues Club New Orleans grand opening
The new B.B. King’s Blues Club in New Orleans will hold its grand opening celebration today, Wednesday, March 9. The event will feature live music, food and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

B.B. King’s Blues Club New Orleans is located on Decatur Street in the heart of the French Quarter. The club officially opened on New Year’s Eve, and has taken over the space that was formerly occupied by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

The club will feature live music seven days a week, with the B.B. King All-Star Band (the club’s house band) performing four nights per week and local musicians performing three or four nights per week. There will also be music at 11am on Sundays when the venue hosts its Jazz/Blues brunch.

Tony Coleman, B.B. King’s drummer for over 30 years, will be the club’s music director.

"The opportunity to put music together for a location in New Orleans is a dream come true," says Coleman. "While touring, we were only able to be here for a night or two so I am looking forward to being involved in the city’s music scene for a long time."

Additionally, B.B. King’s Blues Club has partnered with the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and will showcase students from the acclaimed high school regularly.

2 March 2016
B.B. King Homecoming 2016

The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi, will be the site of the 36th Annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival on May 28, 2016.
The event will be headlined by the amazing Keb Mo!

16 February 2016
Grammys pay tribute to B.B.
The Grammys paid tribute to B.B. last night, with a rousing performance by Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Stapleton. Raitt introduced the performance, reminiscing about King's "dignity, his eloquence and the thrill that is never really gone."

Stapleton opened the tribute with a beautifully simmering intro to "The Thrill Is Gone." Gary Clark Jr. later joined in, tackling the next verse with his stunning bluesy vocals. Then Raitt strolled onstage, cranking out a smooth guitar solo with every step. Together, the rock trio churned out a cool, soulful and powerful tribute that highlighted B.B.'s legendary music.



2015

12 December 2015
Memorial Garden Unveiling Ceremony

The Memorial Garden Unveiling Ceremony for B.B. took place yesterday morning at the museum.

8 December 2015
B.B. King New Memorial Courtyard Unveiling



The new B.B. King Memorial Courtyard will be unveiled on Friday December 11, 2015, 10am at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, 400 Second Street, Indianola, Mississippi.

At ceremony Friday a black granite marker will be unveiled, engraved with his signature, that will become the centerpiece of a memorial courtyard outside the B.B. King Museum.

The courtyard, with benches, eventually will be surrounded by walls that alternate between solid panels engraved with song titles and wooden slats that allow breezes to pass through the space.

"He was a great man, and we are honored to have his final resting place here at the place that bears his name," museum director Malika Polk-Lee said in a statement this past Tuesday.

23 November 2015
Walter Trout presented with 'A Life of Blues' book


(Photo courtesy of Geoff Oldfield)

I was honoured to present Walter Trout with my B.B. King book, in appreciation of his tribute contribution, at his sold-out Holmfirth show this past Friday!

10 November 2015
New B.B. King's Club to open in Montgomery



A new B.B. King's Blues Club in Montgomery will be opening soon. Next club will be in New Orleans!

Tony TC Coleman is pictured here at the club! He was there, putting the band together to play as the house band. (Photo courtesy of Tony TC Coleman)

7 November 2015
New CD collection to be released!



'Here's One You Didn't Know About', is a 25-track CD of mostly previously unissued recordings are drawn from his sessions for Modern Records between 1954 and 1962. Be Careful Baby is a rare thing a B.B. King song that has never been released before in any version, while two tracks appeared on Ace's 2014 RPM compilation Speak Easy.

The version of Catfish Blues is from a completely different session to the familiar issued version and from B.B.'s commentary appears to be the version he played on the road. There are many comments from B.B. and the band which provide an insight into the recording process and B.B.'s relaxed and informal manner in the studio.

The CD ends with a previous unheard interview, recorded backstage at the Fillmore Ballroom in San Francisco with radio station KSAY at the 10/10 spot on your dial. All tracks are from the original master tapes.

The CD is releaserd on November 27, 2015, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.

5 November 2015
B.B. King vinyl set available

Celebrate the life and work of B.B with a brand new 2LP retrospective featuring 17 tracks from the previously released 'Ladies and Gentleman, Mr. B.B King' 10 CD set and a 72 page hardback book.

Get your copy here!

3 November 2015
John Mayall presented with 'A Life of Blues' book

Honoured to present John Mayall with my B.B. King book, in appreciation of his tribute contribution, backstage at Ronnie Scott's in London last night!

26 October 2015
B.B. King: A Life of Blues black & white paperback on sale



The new smaller black & white paperback book edition of 'B.B. King: A Life of Blues' is now on sale worldwide!

Below are the links to the appropriate Amazon sites worldwide and the eStore:

Signed copies & limited edition prints!



There are a very special edition of 50 signed and numbered copies with an exclusive, 6x8 inch limited edition, signed and numbered colour print of B.B. by the photographer.

You can pre-order one of these exclusive fan club items below.

The signed and numbered book and print are £25 plus £6 Worldwide shipping.

17 October 2015
The Blues Ball for B.B!



The 2015 Blues Ball this Saturday, October 24, is dedicated to B.B!
The event takes place at the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis.

12 October 2015
B.B. King: A Life of Blues signed copies & limited edition prints!



To celebrate the release of the smaller black & white paperback book; B.B. King: A Life of Blues, there will be a pre-order coming soon for signed copies!

The first 50 signed copies ordered will include an exclusive, 6x8 inch limited edition, signed and numbered colour print of B.B. by the photographer.

This exclusive offer will only be available direct from the author. Details on how to pre-order will be released at the end of this week!

11 October 2015
B.B. King new box set release!



A new box set entitled 'B.B. King: Milestones of a Blues Legend' will be released on November 6, 2015.

The 10 CD set containing ten original albums plus bonus tracks, is a unique collection of hits and rarities from 1949 to 1962. The rare LP 'Twist with B.B. King' is appearing here for the first time on CD.

You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

8 October 2015
Rita King with 'A Life of Blues' book!

Honoured that Rita King, B.B.'s daughter has recieved my book and wrote a beautiful tribute and featured a photo with her father in the book.

7 October 2015
B.B.'s classic albums released!



B.B. King's birthday celebration continues with the digital and vinyl release of two classic live albums.

Live At The Regal: Buy it here!

Live In Cook County Jail: Buy it here!

'Live at the Regal' from 1964 is considered one of the best blues recordings ever, with Rolling Stone naming it the 141st best album of all time. King felt, "that particular day in Chicago, everything came together."

'Live In Cook County Jail' was recorded on a hot day in 1970. This album hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts with AllMusic calling the version of 'The Thrill Is Gone', "possibly the best of all its many incarnations."

1 October 2015
B.B. to be named Secretary of State of Blues

The Mississippi Blues Commission has designated B.B. King as Mississippi's Secretary of State of the Blues.

Mississippi is the first and only state to recognize the contributions of a musician in this manner. The Commission will be presenting the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center with a resolution to this effect signed by Gov. Phil Bryant and the four living previous governors of Mississippi.

The resolution will be part of the permanent collection at the B.B. King Museum & Interpretive Center in Indianola. It will be presented at the International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS on Oct. 6.

"On behalf of the entire Mississippi Blues Commission, it is a privilege to honor B.B. King as our Mississippi Secretary of State of the Blues," said J. Kempf Poole, chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. "Mr. King is one of Mississippi's most influential sons, and with this designation I am proud to say that B.B. King has taken his rightful place at the head of the blues table."

21 September 2015
B.B. King: A Life of Blues Book



The book 'B.B. King: A Life of Blues' is now on sale worldwide!
Below are the links to the appropriate Amazon sites worldwide and the eStore:

16 September 2015
Happy 90th Birthday B.B.!



Happy 90th Birthday to B.B. - Thinking of you on your special day.
With sincere best wishes,
Richard - bluesboyking.com

16 September 2015
B.B. honoured with his own street in Memphis

 

To honour B.B.'s 90th birthday, part of Third Street in Memphis, was renamed! The Bluff City has renamed a street in his honour. A portion of Third Street between Jackson Avenue and Crump Boulevard is now called B.B. King Boulevard. The dedication ceremony was held at Third and Beale Street.

"We all know about his history, singing and guitars, born into a sharecropper's family on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

"You don't just hear the blues, you feel the blues and Memphis music," said Silky O'Sullivan's owner Joellyn Sullivan. Sullivan is thrilled to be at the corner of Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard.

B.B.'s goddaughter, Ruby Wilson, shared Sullivan's feelings.

"He made history by going around the world singing and performing and making people happy," said Wilson, also known as the Queen of Beale Street. "I am really appreciative of him doing that because he made me happy."

15 September 2015
B.B. King: A Life of Blues Pre-Sale!



The official release date for the book 'B.B. King: A Life of Blues' is tomorrow to co-incide with B.B.'s 90th birthday. But, you can order pre-sale copies with 15% off the retail price right now!

Below are the links to the appropriate Amazon sites worldwide and the eStore:

6 September 2015
'B.B. King: A Life of Blues' Book Release Date



My forthcoming book, 'B.B. King: A Life of Blues', will be released via Amazon Worldwide on September 16, 2015, to co-incide with his 90th Birthday celebration. Full details and how to order will be announced next week!

4 July 2015
Guitar World Magazine: Tribute to BB



The August 2015 issue of Guitar World magazine pays tribute to BB. They also take a critical look at his 10 greatest guitar moments.

7 June 2015
Guitarist magazine: Tribute to BB



The July issue of Guitarist magazine, Issue 395, features a tribute to BB. You can pick up a copy at all good news and music stores (priced £5.75), or purchase online at the magazine store.

4 June 2015
B.B. King Memorial Shirt

 

BB was fond of saying that education is something no one can take away from you, and there is a vast population of under-served children in our area who need the message of hope. The B.B. King Museum take's that to heart and has many programs in place, but they need ongoing support to keep those viable and continue to add engaging and inspirational messages.

You can now purchase a limited edition memorial shirt, with the net proceeds being donated to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS.

Order a shirt from the
official store.

3 June 2015
Remembering B.B. King - Funeral Service
If you missed BB's funeral service, you can watch it now via the Mississippi Public Broadcasting YouTube channel.

30 May 2015
BB's Funeral in Indianola



Hundreds of people filled a church in the Mississippi Delta today for the funeral of BB.

About 500 people filled the sanctuary of Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, a red brick structure that sits in a field off of B.B. King Road in Indianola. More than 200 people who couldn't get into the sanctuary watched a live broadcast of the funeral in the church's fellowship hall, many waving hand-held fans with a black-and-white photo of a smiling King hugging Lucille.

At the beginning of the service, family members filed past BB's open casket, which had an image of Lucille embroidered on the padded white cloth inside the lid. Later, the casket was closed and covered with a large arrangement of red roses.

The Rev. Herron Wilson, who delivered the eulogy, said BB proved that people can triumph over difficult circumstances.

"Hands that once picked cotton would someday pick guitar strings on a national and international stage. Amazing," Wilson said.

Country singer Marty Stuart said B created a musical legacy for the home state they share.

"As a fellow Mississippian, I'm so proud to stand in his shadow as I walk across the world," Stuart said.

On the way into the church, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recalled spending time with BB in the bluesman's tour bus before a concert last year in Indianola. Bryant said King was proud of being from Mississippi.

Noting the thousands of people who came to Indianola for the public viewing Friday and funeral Saturday, Bryant said: "He would have loved to know that one more time he's helping the Mississippi Delta."

Tony Coleman, King's drummer for 37 years, said BB King never referred to himself as King of the Blues, an honorary title others used.

"He felt like the blues was the king, and it was his responsibility to keep it king," Coleman said as he entered the church.

A children's choir based at the B.B. King Museum clapped as they sang gospel songs, including one with the chorus: "Let's all get together, bring peace to the world."

President Barack Obama sent a letter to be read aloud by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, a friend of BB.

"The blues has lost its king and American has lost a legend," Obama said. "No one worked harder than B.B. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn't do — but will always be glad you did.

"B.B. may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever. And there's going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight," Obama said.

There was even a tribute message recorded by Stevie Wonder in memory of BB King.

More than 4,000 people viewed his open casket Friday at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

One of his sons, Willie King of Chicago, said his father taught him to respond with love when others are angry.

"For a man coming out of the cotton field unlearned and you take his music and draw four corners of the world together — that is amazing," Willie King said Friday at the museum, where his father will be buried.

BB'S public viewing Friday was almost like a state funeral, with Mississippi Highway Patrol officers in dress uniform standing at each end of the casket. Two of his black electric guitars stood among sprays of flowers.

Blues guitarist Buddy Guy, 78, said he always intended to tour the B.B. King Museum while its namesake, his longtime friend, was still living.

"His left hand was a special effect," Guy said, describing King's talent for bending strings to make the guitar sing.

"These young people playing, you punch a button and you get a vibration," Guy said. "He didn't need that. He invented that."

29 May 2015
Funeral Broadcast
Mississippi Public Broadcasting will broadcast live the funeral services from his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday, May 30. Coverage will start on MPB TV at 10:30 a.m., with the service starting at 11 a.m. at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral is scheduled to last until 3 p.m. All times are Central Daylight Time. The public can live stream King’s funeral on MPB’s YouTube channel, or via the MPB website.

27 May 2015
BB King Memphis Tribute


(Memorial programme from the event)

Thousands lined the streets of Memphis today to pay tribute to BB, which included a memorial concert at Handy Park and procession down Beale Street. A Dixieland jazz band walked ahead of BB's black hearse, with Rodd Bland, son of blues great Bobby Bland, carries one of B.B King's guitars, Lucille, out in front.


(Photo courtesy of James Wessels)

Tony Coleman, BB's longtime touring band drummer and the musical director at King’s club, spoke of his years with the iconic bluesman starting in the ‘70s. As a hard-headed teenager, Coleman noted how King had taught him how to be a "professional musician and a gentleman."

Coleman then brought up and introduced a number of other long-serving members of King’s band and road crew; saxophonist Floyd Newman, the last living member of King’s original group, also appeared to great cheers from the crowd.

Led by Coleman, the B.B. King Allstars performed several songs, including the guitarist’s biggest hit, "The Thrill Is Gone," before ceding the stage to Grammy-winning bluesman Keb’ Mo’. The soft-spoken singer dedicated a couple of acoustic numbers to King. He was followed by King’s fellow Mississippian Bobby Rush.

The soul-blues showman performed a couple of numbers solo on harmonica, including a version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" that was broken up by the reading of scripture passages, before a final round of the song’s chorus to conclude the event.


(Photo courtesy of James Wessels)

Immediately afterward, thousands of mourners filed onto Beale Street and surrounding avenues to wait for King’s funeral processional. The procession continued, turning onto the historic Highway 61, and starting the trip home along the famous blues route for the genre’s biggest star. The remains were taken to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, where, on Friday, May 29, a public viewing will be held at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. On Saturday, May 30, a funeral service will be held at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. A private burial will take place on the grounds of the museum Saturday evening.

26 May 2015
Memphis tribute to BB
The City of Memphis will host a tribute on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

During the tribute, fans and loved ones can take part in a processional along Beale Street. B.B. King's body will be carried from the intersection of Beale and Second Street, down Beale Street, to the start of B.B. King Blues Highway at the intersection of Third Street and Highway 61. After the procession, his body will be driven to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.

The procession will begin at 12:45 pm, preceded by a musical tribute in Beale Street’s W. C. Handy Park.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and wear blue to show their support.

Full details can be found here.

23 May 2015
In Memory of BB King

20 May 2015
BB King Memorials and Funeral
The following is the official schedule for the memorials which will take place and the funeral for BB:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Viewing
3:00 -7:00 p.m.
Palm Mortuary West
1600 South Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Funeral procession-Memphis
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Procession on Beale Street to Handy Park for a tribute.

Friday, May 29, 2015
Viewing
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
B.B. King Museum
400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Funeral services-Indianola
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Officiating: Rev. Herron Wilson, Rev. Otis Anthony and Rev. Melvin Matthews
Bell Grove M.B. Church
1301 B B King Rd
Indianola, MS 38751

Memorials
In lieu of flowers a gift can be made to the
B.B. King Museum

B.B. was fond of saying that education is something no one can take away from you, and there is a vast population of under-served children in our area who need the message of hope. We take that to heart and have many programs in place, but we need ongoing support to keep those viable and continue to add engaging and inspirational messages. Your donation can help us with resources to reach as many young people as possible. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is a 501©(3) non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible.

Flowers may be sent to:
B.B. King Museum
400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751

19 May 2015
Signed the book of condolence for BB
Please leave a message and/or photo for BB and sign the official book of condolence
here.

17 May 2015
Funeral scheduled for May 23 in Las Vegas



BB's funeral will be held May 23 in Las Vegas, lying in state Friday, May 22, 2015.

16 May 2015
In Memory of BB



I was honoured to call BB a friend and I am proud to run his UK fan site and club. He was a true gentleman, an ambassador for the Blues and for every aspiring guitarist or person.

His legacy and memory will live on in his music and to continued to be enjoyed by millions of people worldwide and for future generations who have yet to hear his amazing catalogue of work.

I will miss you my friend...

Richard Booth
bluesboyking.com

15 May 2015
The King of the Blues: BB King



In shock and saddened at the passing of my dear friend BB.... There will never be another as great as you. Rest in peace. Sincere sympathy to BB's family and friends as this sad time.

1 May 2015
Message from BB
"I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.

Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers."

BB King

1 May 2015
Best wishes to BB



Sending sincere best wishes to BB.

15 April 2015
Happy Birthday Stanley!



Wishing Stanley Abernathy a very Happy Birthday!

Sincere best wishes from Richard @ bluesboyking.com and BB fans Worldwide

7 April 2015
A Message from BB:
"I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes. I'm feeling much better & am leaving the hospital today."

18 March 2015
Distinguished Artist Award for BB King
BB has been awarded the Distinguished Artist Award, which was presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards.

27 February 2015
BB wins award
Congratulations to BB, who was amongst the winners of the 2015 Governor's Arts Award!

9 February 2015
Happy Birthday Boogaloo!


(Photo courtesy of Talya Arbisser)

Wishing James 'Boogaloo' Bolden a very Happy 65th Birthday!
Sincere best wishes from Richard @ bluesboyking.com and BB fans Worldwide

6 February 2015
BB and Band wins Jazz Times Poll!
Congratulations to BB and his band for being voted Best Blues Group/Artist in the JazzTimes.com Readers Poll!

17 January 2015
The BB King Blues Band Update!



From Stanley Abernathy:

"Well, it's official! We've decided to get the cat's back together and keep it going!

An All-Star line-up from BB's final group will be doing some recording first. Then takin' the show on the road. Keep you posted and look for us soon! We're comin' to a city near you!"

1 January 2015
Happy New Year!



From BB:
"
Wishing everyone across the world peace and happiness. Happy New Year!".


2014

31 December 2014
Melvin Jackson


(Photo: Richard Booth)

We are sad to inform of the passing of our friend and long standing member of the BB King Blues Band; Melvin Jackson. Deepest sympathy to Melvin's family, Mr King and all members of the band, past and present.

Melvin was one of a kind and will be very much missed.

7 0ctober 2014
Message from BB:



"I’m back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I’m busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone’s calls and concern. I want to tell you, I’m doing alright."

6 October 2014
BB update
Mr. King is back home and feeling better. He wants to thank all of his fans and friends for their outpouring of love and concern.

4 October 2014
BB falls ill: cancels October tour



Mr. King fell ill last night, Oct 3, 2014, during his performance at the House of Blues in Chicago. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.

Sending love and best wishes to BB and wishing my friend a speedy recovery.

16 September 2014
Happy Birthday BB!



Wishing BB a very Happy Birthday, as he celebrates his 89th Birthday today!
Sincere best wishes from Richard at bluesboyking.com and BB King fans Worldwide.

16 August 2014
New shows for the US tour
New shows have been added to the US tour for September and October.
Check out the Tour section for full details.

17 July 2014
Johnny Winter



We are sad to hear of the passing of our friend and legend Johnny Winter. BB and Johnny shared the stage many times over the years and admired each other as musicians. Rest in peace Johnny Winter.

4 June 2014
New shows for the US tour
New shows have been added to the US tour for August.
Check out the Tour section for full details.

3 June 2014
Celebrating Lucille's 65th Birthday!

BB King’s 'Lucille' is legendary, perhaps the most beloved artist’s guitar of all time, and a true icon of the blues. Now Gibson Memphis honour’s the 65th Birthday of 'Lucille' with the B.B. King Signature, a luxurious take on the ES-355 format tricked out to the tastes of the King of the Blues himself. Go to the Gibson Memphis site for full details.

17 May 2014
BB says goodbye to Norman



Well today, BB and all of us said goodbye to Norman Matthews, his friend and confident for over 50 years. Rest In Peace.

12 May 2014
Norman Matthews



It is with deep sorrow that we announce Norman Matthews, BB's tour manager & dear friend passed away on May 11, 2014. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted when available.

17 April 2014
New shows announced for the US tour!
New shows have been announced for the US tour for May through to September!
Check out the Tour section for full details.

15 April 2014
Happy Birthday Stanley!



Happy Birthday to Stanley Abernathy, who celebrates his special day today! 
With best wishes from Richard at bluesboyking.com and BB King fans Worldwide!

B..