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The Eye of the Acoustic Storm

B.B. King

Each week, a different artist is spotlighted in "The Eye of The Acoustic Storm." Hourly segments of "The Eye" feature the artist's music along with bio information and sound bites.

He was born Riley B. King near Indianola, Mississippi in 1925 and moved to Memphis to learn guitar from his cousin Bukka White in 1946.  It was in Memphis that King began hosting a radio show and got the nickname "The Beale Street Blues Boy."  That name was eventually shortened to B.B.


B.B. and his guitar, affectionately known as Lucille became one of the greatest bluesmen in the world.  He was named the third greatest guitarist of all-time by Rolling Stone Magazine.