B.B. King, the Beale Street Blues Boy

Updated 11:59 AM ET, Tue October 2, 2018
RESTRICTED 02 bb kingRESTRICTED 02 bb king
1 of 11
Blues legend B.B. King plays guitar on stage in this undated photograph. King died Thursday, May 14, in Las Vegas, according to his daughter Patty King. Two weeks earlier, it was announced that King was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration. He was 89. Here, a young King poses for a portrait circa 1948. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
King records in the studio in 1965. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
King poses in 1971 after winning the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He received the award for the song "The Thrill Is Gone." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
King sits in a studio with drummer Ringo Starr during the recording of his album "B.B. King in London" in 1971. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
King performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York in 1972. David Redfern/Redferns/getty images
From left, John Lee Hooker, King and Papa John Creach perform on the television show "The Midnight Special" in 1974. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
King and Bono of U2 perform in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1990. King recorded the song "When Love Comes to Town" with the band. Rob Verhorst/Redferns/getty images
King performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 1995. Paul Bergen/Redferns/getty images
King smiles as President George W. Bush presents him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony in 2006. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images
John Mayer and King perform during the 2008 Grammy Nominations concert. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
King performs at the 2014 Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas. Denise Truscello/WireImage/getty images