The city honored King by renaming a portion of Third Street between Jackson Avenue and Crump Boulevard in the great man’s honor. It shall now be known as B.B. King Boulevard.
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton said, “We all know about his history, singing and guitars, born into a sharecropper’s family on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi.”
The renaming of the street has been wholeheartedly welcomed by the local music community, and certainly won’t hurt the area’s huge tourism draw.
“You don’t just hear the blues, you feel the blues and Memphis music,” Silky O’Sullivan’s owner Joellyn Sullivan told WMC Action News. O’Sullivan’s is located at the corner of Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard.
King’s goddaughter Ruby Wilson shared Sullivan’s feelings.”He made history by going around the world singing and performing and making people happy,” said Wilson, also known as the Queen of Beale Street. “I am really appreciative of him doing that because he made me happy.”
Here’s an interesting perspective, The late, Riley B. King — better known as, B.B. King — often said that the only woman in his life was his guitar, Lucille. But, that wasn’t exactly true. King estimated that he had 15 children by 15 different women. Go on BB, it’s no wonder one of his biggest hits was, “When Love Comes To Town.”
Check out BB and Lucille below.