Riley Benjamin King was born in 1925 on a cotton plantation near Indianola, MS. He purchased his first guitar at the age of 12. While working as a performer and DJ at Memphis radio station WDIA, he was dubbed "Blues Boy" which was later shortened to B.B. Shown above, a young B.B. King advertises his radio show on his guitar. He rose to prominence as a blues artist in the 1950s after recording "3 O'clock Blues" which broke into the R&B charts. He was listed by Rolling Stone as the 3rd greatest guitarist of all time and inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Even into his 70s, King averaged over 200 shows per year. He left us in 2015 as arguably the most prolific blues artist in history with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 15 Grammies under his belt.