|When it comes to the blues, nobody does it better than B.B. King. Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, King has been attracting crowds for more than 60 years, and though he is approaching 90 years old, people still line up for B.B. King tickets so they can watch a piece of rock history go to work.|
Dubbed the "King of the Blues," B.B. King has proven himself to be one of the most important figures in the blues movement. He brought a new flavor to the genre with his electric guitar and staccato riffs, not to mention his deep, gravel vocals. With B.B. King tickets, you can be there when this legend pours his heart out on stage.
B.B. King got his start in 1949 when he released several singles, and although they failed to chart well, it was clear that the young guitarist from Itta Bena, Mississippi, had something special. In 1956, he released his full-length debut, Singin' the Blues, and he was well on his way to becoming a household name. Even from the beginning it seemed as if King was destined to be the master that would inspire talents like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, King was one of the most prolific artists in the music world. Among the highlights was the release of 1968's Lucille, an album named after one of his many famous guitars. The album gave him mainstream success that would follow King throughout the rest of his career. By this time King was already rolling up on stage with greats Buddy Guy, Ted Nugent and even Jimi Hendrix.
King is greatly inspired by his rough upbringing. Born deep in the Mississippi Delta, King was raised by a single mother and his grandmother, and he made his keep as a sharecropper. He went on to serve in World War II before making his way to Memphis and working as a disc jockey under the name "The Beale Street Blues Boy" (it was later shortened to "B.B."). But his career really took off with his first record for Bullet Records. The next year, RPM Records signed King on and released some of the musician's biggest hits for the next 12 years.
For decades, King was playing more than 300 shows each year and recording a plethora of hit singles, like "The Thrill is Gone," "How Blue Can You Get," "Sweet Sixteen" and "To Know You Is to Love You." Another man might have retired by now, but King is still going strong. This blues powerhouse still tours like there's no tomorrow, bringing his soulful rhythms to millions of fans across the country.
Even as he got older, King continued to turn out album after album. In 2008, at 82, he released his 24th album One Kind Favor, which earned him a Grammy. Don’t miss your opportunity to check out this blues legend in the flesh; grab your B.B. King concert tickets today!