Today marks the 94th birthday of world renowned blues singer and musician and subject of today’s Goggle Doodle, B. B. King.
Read on to find out more about the late, great singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer.
Who was B. B. King?
Riley B. King was born in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Missisipi.
He began singing in a local gospel choir as a child, and the local minister taught the young B. B. to play guitar – at the age of 15 the budding blues musician got his first guitar.
B. B. King wanted to become a musician after listening to a local radio station during a break at a plantation, and he began to perform at churches in the area with the Famous St. John’s Gospel Singers of Inverness, Mississippi.
However, it wasn’t until he moved to Memphis following a stint in the US Army during World War II that his career really began to take off.
He began performing on several Memphis radio stations and began to build an audience of fans before earning a regular spot at WDIA radio station, working as a singer and DJ.
Here he earned the nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy,” shortening it to “Blues Boy” and eventually “B. B.”
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, B. B. was a part of the blues scene on Beale Street, “Beale Street was where it all started for me,” he said.
Once he got his hands on an electric guitar, B. B. began to experiment with new styles of blues and became famed for his unique sound.
Here he worked with a number of huge names, including Bobby Blanch, Ike Turner, and the Bihari Brothers.
The guitarist cut his first record in 1949.
He spent the next several decades recording and touring, playing more than 300 shows a year throughout his illustrious career.
He worked with a number of artists from pop-stars to rock-stars to country singers, by 2008 he had won 15 Grammys.
He became one of the best-known blues performers, an important consolidator of blues styles, and a primary model for rock guitarists.
The musician died in 2015, and today marks what would have been his 94th birthday.
What does B. B. King’s Google Doodle show?
The Google doodle dedicated to the ace singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, features a vibrant animated video summarizing his entire life.
The colours in the google doodle, which “come alive” in Memphis represent the singer’s deep connection with blues and the city of Memphis.
Google commissioned Little Rock-based artist Steve Spencer and Brooklyn-based artist Nayeli Lavanderos to create and animate the Doodle.
The B.B. King Museum in Mississippi worked with Google’s Doodle team on the project.
The Doodle features one of King’s guitars, which were always named Lucille.
Why were B. B. King’s guitars named ‘Lucille’?
In 1949, a fire broke out at a dance the musician was attending.
Everyone escaped, but B.B. ran back inside to get his beloved guitar and escaped in the nick of time as the blazing building collapsed around him.
He later found out the fire had started when a lit barrel full of kerosene had been knocked over by two men fighting over a woman named Lucille, and so named his guitar after the fire-starter.
What is a Google Doodle?
In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, the art of the Google Doodle was born.
The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.
Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.
Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
And on February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.
St Patrick’s Day on March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.
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And on March 21, Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.
And Google also celebrated the Women’s World Cup with Doodles for each participating team.
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