Part of Third Street Renamed for B.B. King

Earlier this year in May, long time blues and Memphis legend, B.B. King passed away. King left his hometown in Mississippi for Memphis, Tennessee, which promised the excitement and musical atmosphere he dreamed of. He settled in Memphis for good in 1948. B.B spent a lot of time in Memphis, and learned the art of the blues.

B.B. King was known for hits like: Lucille, Three O’Clock Blues, and Payin the Cost to Be the Boss, along with many other hits. B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  

In 1991, B.B. King’s Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, 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 and most recently two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002.

On September 16th, 2015, part of Third Street in Memphis, TN was renamed B.B. King Blvd. The day the street was renamed, Wednesday, September 16th would have been King’s 90 birthday.

B.B. King Blvd
B.B. King Blvd