only is B.B. King the most famous living blues man, he is one of the best
known music personalities in the world. King was raised in Indianola, MS
where he drove a tractor on a cotton plantation, playing gospel and blues
on the street corner for tips. He left for Memphis where he became a D.J.
for WDIA radio and then began his long and successful recording career.
King has taken his blues all over the world and still returns to his home
town every June to give a free concert to the folks back home, always followed
by an appearance at the Club Ebony. In his 1996 autobiography, "Blues
All Around Me," King recalls meeting his second wife Sue Hall at the
Club Ebony while playing a gig in 1958. "I found love back down in
the Delta," says King. "I was in Indianola, playing the Club Ebony,
with all the musical ghosts of my childhood surrounding me on the bandstand.
Couldn't play that club without thinking of all those nights I spent peeping
in on Count Basie or Sonny Boy [Williamson]."