Here's a look at the life of blues legend B. B. King.
Personal: Birth date: September 16, 1925
Birthplace: Mississippi Delta cotton plantation between Indianola and what is now Itta Bena, Mississippi
Birth name: Riley B. King
Father: Albert Lee King, a sharecropper
Mother: Nora Ella (Pully) King
Marriages: Sue Carol Hall (1958-1966, divorce), Martha Lee Denton (1942-1950, divorce)
Children: Claims to have fathered 15 children with many different women.
Military: U.S. Army, 1943.
Other facts: King sang with church choirs as a child. He learned basic guitar chords from his uncle, a preacher, and only performed religious music at home, in keeping with his family's beliefs that blues music was sinful.
King sang and played the blues on the corner of Church and Second in Indianola, and said he could earn more in one night singing on the corner than he could in one week working in the cotton field.
Enlisted in the Army during World War II but was released because he drove a tractor, an essential home front occupation.
BB is short for Blues Boy, part of the name he used as a Memphis disc jockey, the Beale Street Blues Boy.
The first "Lucille" got her name after a fire broke out at a dance in Arkansas and King ran out forgetting his guitar then risked his life to go back and get it. When he later found out that two men fighting over a woman named Lucille had knocked over a kerosene heater had started the fire, he named the guitar Lucille, "to remind myself never to do anything that foolish."
King has used various models of Gibson guitars over the years and named them each Lucille. In the early 1980s Gibson officially dropped the model number, ES-355, on the guitar he used last and most, and it became a custom-made signature model named Lucille, manufactured exclusively for the "King of the Blues".
King's daughter Patty was among the inmates at his concert at a Gainesville, Florida correctional facility.
King has thirty Grammy nominations and fifteen wins and a Lifetime Achievement award.
Timeline: 1937 - Owns his first guitar.
1947-1950 - Disc jockey for WDIA/AM Memphis
1949 - Makes first recordings, "Miss Martha King/Take a Swing with Me" and "How Do You Feel When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes/I've Got the Blues".
December 1951 - His first hit record "Three O'clock Blues" is released. It stays on the top of the charts for four months and is the reason for leaving WDIA to perform full time.
1965 - Releases first album, "Live at the Regal"
June 6, 1968 - Plays the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and receives his first standing ovation.
December 1969 - His trademark song, "The Thrill is Gone", is released as a single. The song wins his first Grammy, for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male, in March 1970.
May 2, 1970 - King debuts an all-blues show at Carnegie Hall.