- B.B. King was a widely influential guitarist, armed with a guitar named "Lucille"
- King was admitted to home hospice care this month
- B.B. is short for Blues Boy, part of the name he used as a Memphis disc jockey
(CNN)Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.
King of the blues
Beale Street Blues Boy
God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax😎✌️🌟💖— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) May 15, 2015
30 Grammy nominations
CNN's Tina Burnside contributed to this report.