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  1. May 15, 2015 · Sue Carol Hall. Pin. King and Sue Carol Hall –who was then, a college student –were married in a Detroit ceremony performed by Aretha Franklin’s preacher father. They were together for 9-10 years. Of his second wife King said: “My, was Sue beautiful,” but she tired of traveling.

  2. May 27, 2015 · He married Sue Carol Hall in 1958. However, despite King’s attempts to change – Hall accompanied him on the road for a time – that marriage also failed, and the two divorced in 1966. But ...

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  3. B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. King. He is known for his work on Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), The Fugitive (1993) and Spies Like Us (1985). He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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  5. Daily Entertainment News on Blues legend B.B. King has died at age 89. According to media reports, he dies peacefully in his sleep while at his home in Las Vegas, NV., on May 14th. A lot can be said about King’s long career in music; many have said he was truly passionate and married…-Sue Carol Hall and bb king photos

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    King was born on September 16, 1925, between Itta Bena and Indianola, Mississippi. His parents split up when he was a small child, and he lived for a few years with his mother in the Mississippi hills. She died when he was nine, and he was alone until his father, Albert King, found him a few years later. While young, King sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. King was attracted to the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ because of its music. The local minister performed with a Sears Roebuck Silvertone guitar during services, and taught King his first three chords. King's first guitar was bought for him by Mr. Flake Cartledge, his employer in Kilmichael, for 15 dollars. Cartledge withheld money from King's salary for the next two months until the debt was repaid. Another source indicates he was given his first guitar by Bukka White, his mother's first cousin (King's grandmother and White's mother were sisters). In November 1941, "King Biscuit Time" first a...


    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, King was a part of the blues scene on Beale Street. "Beale Street was where it all started for me," King said. He performed with Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace and Earl Forest in a group known as the Beale Streeters. According to King and Joe Bihari, Ike Turner introduced King to the Bihari brothers while he was a talent scout at Modern Records. In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records, a subsidiary of Modern. Many of Ki...

    2006–2014: Farewell tour and later activities

    In 2006, King went on a "farewell" world tour, although he remained active afterward. The tour was partly supported by Northern Irish guitarist, Gary Moore, with whom King had previously toured and recorded. It started in the United Kingdom, and continued with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and in Zürich at the Blues at Sunset. During his show in Montreux at the Stravinski Hall, he jammed with Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, David Sanborn, Gladys Knight, Leela James, Andre Beeka, Earl...

    B.B. King used equipment characteristic of the different periods he played in. He played guitars made by various manufacturers early in his career. He played a Fender Esquire on most of his recordings with RPM Records. However, he was best known for playing variants of the Gibson ES-355. In the September edition 1995 of Vintage Guitar magazine, early photos show him playing a Gibson ES-5 through a Fender tweedamp. In reference to the photo, B.B. King stated,"Yes; the old Fender amplifiers were the best that were ever made, in my opinion. They had a good sound and they were durable; guys would throw them in the truck and they’d hold up. They had tubes, and they’d get real hot, but they just had a sound that is hard to put into words. The Fender Twin was great, but I have an old Lab Series amp that isn’t being made anymore. I fell in love with it, because its sound is right between the old Fender amps that we used to have and the Fender Twin. It’s what I’m using tonight." He later mov...

    In 1991, Beale Street developer John Elkington recruited B.B. King to Memphis to open the original B.B. King's Blues Club, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 but closed on April 29, 2018. Management is currently in the process of finding a new location in New York City. Two more clubs opened, at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002, and in Nashville in 2003. Another club opened in Orlando in 2007. A club in West Palm Beach opened in the fall of 2009 and an additional one, based in the Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, opened in the winter of 2009.Another opened in the New Orleans French Quarterin 2016.

    King made guest appearances in numerous popular television shows, including The Cosby Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sesame Street, Married... with Children, Sanford and Son, and Touched by an Angel. In 2000, the children's show Between the Lionsfeatured a singing character named "B.B. the King of Beasts", modeled on the real King. B.B. King: The Life of Riley, a feature documentary about King narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Jon Brewer, was released on October 15, 2012. King's performance at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival appears in the 2021 music documentary, Summer of Soul.

    King was married twice, to Martha Lee Denton, November 1946 to 1952, and to Sue Carol Hall, 1958 to 1966. The failure of both marriages has been attributed to the heavy demands made by King's 250 performances a year. It is reported that he fathered 15 children with several different women. After his death, three more have come forward, claiming King as their father as well. Though neither of his marriages produced children, and biographer Charles Sawyer wrote that doctors found his sperm count too low to conceive children, King never disputed paternity of any of the 15 who claimed it, and by all accounts was generous in bankrolling college tuitions and establishing trust funds.In May 2016, the 11 surviving children initiated legal proceedings against King's appointed trustee over his estimated $30 million to $40 million estate. Several of them also went public with the allegation that King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, had fatally pois...

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    1. 1973: Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Tougaloo College 2. 1977: Honorary Doctor of Music by Yale University 3. 1980: Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame 4. 1985: Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music 5. 1987: Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 6. 1987: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 7. 1990: The National Medal of Arts 8. 1991: The National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA 1. 1995: The Kennedy Center Honors; given to recognize "the lifelong accomplishme...

  6. Personal Life: B.B. King has been married twice. He married Martha Lee Denton in 1946. The couple filed for divorce in 1952. He married for the second time to Sue Carol Hall in 1958. The marriage ended in 1966. King has fathered 15 children and has more than 50 grandchildren.

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