Born Riley B. King, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King has a net worth of $10 million.
Born on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi King was raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents divorced when he was just four. At the age of 12, he bought his first guitar while he already was singing for a gospel choir in churches. He worked as a tractor driver and played guitar in churches to make his living during his youth days. He first grabbed attention of the public through a radio program on KWEM in West Memphis after which he was invited to several other radio stations.
Riley King worked as a singer and DJ at WDIA and was named ‘Beale Street Blues Boy‘ which was shortened to ‘Blues Boy‘ and finally to B.B for which he is now named B.B. King. He started recording songs after he signed a contract with RPM Records in 1949 which were produced by Sam Phillips. He also debuted on the Bullet Records and issued a single “Miss Martha King” which was not much of big hit. He then formed his own band: B.B. King Review with Millard Lee as the leader and Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands (trumpet), B.B. King Net Worth(alto saxophone), George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone), George Joyner (bass) and Earl Forest and Ted Curry (drums) as rest of the band members. The band started doing numerous gigs in many clubs and juke joints around the country.
B.B. King’s net worth started to rise after he became one of the most notable names in R&B music in 1950s when he produced several hit songs like ‘3 O’Clock Blues‘, You Know I Love You, Woke Up This Morning, etc. With just $85 as his weekly earning previously, his pay rose to $2500 a week with appearances in major places like Howard Theater in Washington, Apollo in New York etc. while he also did a record breaking 342 concerts contracts in 1956. He then opened up his own record label, Blue Boys Kingdom and signed contracts with ABC- Paramount Records, named Geffen Records today.
With his opening act on The Rolling Stone’s 1969 American Tour, he became a household name in the country while he also went on to win the 1970 Grammy Award for his song The Thrill Is Gone. A man included in the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, B.B. King had exceptional talent for music through which he was awarded with several accolades during his career.
He maintained a high and active profile during his career until his death with his appearance in numerous festival, television shows and concerts. He also met President Barack Obama who sang the ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ together with him in 2012.
Apart from the career in music, B.B King’s net worth also came through appearances in several television commercials for One Touch Ultra in 2000s and Toyota Camry in 2014.
B.B. King, though considered to be a Blues legend, did not have a great personal life, having failed twice with his marriage. He first married Martha Lee Denton in 1956 and the relationship lasted for only 6 years. He then got married to Sue Carol Hall in 1958 to 1966.
He considers Frank Sinatra as one of the best singers in the world and he so much admired him that he always listend to Sinatra’s classic album In the Wee Small Hours before going to sleep every night. With 15 Grammy Awards throughout his career, B.B. King has been the most successful person and is considered the finest Blues singer in the world today. He died of diabetes in May 14, 2015 at the age of 89.
A man of great passion for music, B.B. King’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million as of today.
Quick Facts about B.B. King
Full Name: Riley B. King
Profession: Singer, producer, songwriter
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.77 m)
Date of Birth: September 16, 1925- May 14, 2015
Place of Birth: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
Marital status: Divorced twice
B.B. King Zodiac/Astrological sign: Virgo