Back in Itta Bena, Mississippi he was born Riley B. King. Over the years, as he learned to play guitar and sing with the best bluesmen in the country, he became the Beale Street Blues Boy – then just Blues Boy, and then just B.B.
B.B. King died in Las Vegas his manager said Thursday. Easily one of the most influential bluesmen of all time, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and toured incessantly, often playing with other living legends who traveled far and wide to jam with him and his devoted “Lucille.”