His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any other monarch on earth. Yet, Riley B. King – better known as B.B. King – continues to wear his crown well. Now 80 years old, Mr. King has defined the blues for worldwide audiences and tours extensively, averaging over 200 dates per year. Born in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Itta Bene, MS, he spent part of his youth playing on street corners for dimes. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has recorded over 50 albums, many of them classics. In 1984, Mr. King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987 and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo (MS) College, Yale University, Berklee College of Music, Rhodes College of Memphis and Mississippi Valley State University. He also received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.