Search engine giant Google has honoured the legendary American singer and songwriter, B.B. King on his 94th birth anniversary on September 16, 2019 with a Doodle. The Doodle on the home page redirects to his acclaimed song on YouTube – The Thrill is Gone Away. It features B.B. King who was fondly known as King of The Blues performing on his guitar.
The singer was born as Riley B. King in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi. King first started off by working at a cotton gin – which is a machine that separates cotton fibre from seeds in Indianola, Mississippi. But B.B. King was more passionate about music from the very beginning and used to sing gospel music in church. Talking about his music career, the singer started off in juke joints and local radio.
The singer was also addressed as Beale Street Blues Boy by the locals and later shortened to Bee Bee and B.B. and was then named as B.B. King and started recording in 1949. The Three O’ Clock Blues is his first hit song. Some of the celebrated studio albums of B.B. King include My Kind Of Blues, Singin’ the Blues, Sings Spirituals and Indiana Mississippi Seeds.
The singer passed away on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas at the age of 89. The Google Doodle honour on the Google home page is illustrated by Little Rock-based guest artist Steve Spencer and animated by Brooklyn-based guest animator Nayeli Lavanderos.
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