B. B. King

Arguably the most popular blues recording artist of the 20th century, as well as one of the most significant in the development of the electric guitar, B. B. King was a singer and performer whose voluminous and ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

A.K.A. Doc Pomus 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Gulf is Back 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

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Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mick Jagger: The Ultimate Performer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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National Memorial Day Concert (2000) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Pavarotti & Friends 99 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Malvern Gasperon (Actor)

Janis Joplin: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Fearless Four 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Fifth Annual Trumpet Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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B.B. King: The Blues Summit 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Blossom 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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James Brown: The Godfather of Soul 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Married... With Children 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1990 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: A Tribute 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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B.B. King... Live at the Woodlands 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Songs of Six Families 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Let the Good Times Roll 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Run of Hearts 1993 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 25th Montreux Music Festival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Saturday Night, Sunday Morning 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Elvis: Heart & Soul -- Untold Stories 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Les Paul: He Changed the Music 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Blues Session: B.B. King & Friends 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Ain't Nothin But the Blues 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

Vocalist (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

B B King (Actor)

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Ace Tomato Agent (Actor)

The Crystal Gayle Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Captain and Tennille Songbook 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Sing Sing Thanksgiving 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blues Under The Skin 1971 (Movie)

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Medicine Ball Caravan 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Paul: Chasing Sound (TV Show)

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Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

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Music (43)

Soul Power 2009 (Movie)

("Thrill Is Gone") (Song Performer)

Dark Streets 2008 (Movie)

Music Performer (Performer)

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Please Come Home For Christmas") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

("You Upset Me Baby") (Song Performer)

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

("You Upset Me Baby") (Song)

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! 2001 (Movie)

("Rock Me Baby") (Song Performer)

Real Sex 26: Lessons in Love and Lust 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

John Henry 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

("Dangerous Mood") (Song Performer)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

("Chains & Things") (Song Performer)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

("Don't Answer the Door") (Song Performer)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

("Let the Good Times Roll") (Song Performer)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

("How Blue Can You Get") (Song Performer)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

("Sweet Sixteen") (Song Performer)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

("Stormy Monday Blues") (Song Performer)

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

("The Thrill is Gone") (Song Performer)

What's Love Got to Do With It 1993 (Movie)

songs("Rock Me Baby" "(Darlin) You Know I Love You") (Song)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

("Sweet Little Angel") (Song Performer)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Teech 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

("Better Not Look Down") (Song Performer)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

("Right Place Wrong Time") (Song Performer)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

("The Thrill Is Gone" "(Call It) Stormy Monday") (Song Performer)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

("When Love Comes to Town") (Song Performer)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

("Standing on the Edge") (Song Performer)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

("Into the Night" "My Lucille" "In the Midnight Hour") (Song Performer)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

(Performer)

The Associates 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("T'Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do") (Song Performer)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

("The Thrill Is Gone") (Song Performer)

Black Rodeo 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

For Love of Ivy 1968 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Dominoes: A Portrait of a Decade (TV Show)

Song Performer

Garfield Gets a Life (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

Arguably the most popular blues recording artist of the 20th century, as well as one of the most significant in the development of the electric guitar, B. B. King was a singer and performer whose voluminous and celebrated body of work helped bring the blues to mainstream audiences. King's sound - at once mournful and ecstatic with its trademark string bending and left-hand vibrato - bridged the gap between the rough-hewn country blues of his home in the Deep South, and the raucous electrified blues of Chicago and Detroit. What King brought to the music was jazz phrasing and soulful, gospel-driving singing that found favor with audiences who normally would not truck with the blues; in turn, he became an international favorite and Grammy winner 15 times over. Up until his death on May 14, 2015, King continued recording, performing and bringing his inimitable presence and music to listeners around the world, ensuring his well-earned status as King of the Blues.

Milestones

1988

Recorded duet with U2 on "When Love Comes to Town"

1969

Had first mainstream hit with "The Thrill is Gone"

1968

Toured North America with The Rolling Stones

1951

Hit single "Three O'Clock Blues" topped the billboard

1949

Began recording for Nashville Records

1948

Featured on Sonny Boy Williamson II's radio show

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