Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi. King grew up singing in the gospel choir of Elkhorn Baptist Church. He had a few brief stints in West Memphis, Arkansas where he developed a local fan base. King is well known for the vibrato with which he plays his guitars (which are all named Luceille), but he is also recognized for many top hits in the R&B genre such as: “3 O’Clock Blues,” “Sweet Little Angel,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “The Thrill is Gone,” and many more. King was ranked sixth on the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list by Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1987, King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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