Product Dimensions: 8”x10” photo in 11”x14” matte
Author/Artist: Center for Southern Folklore Archives
This photograph is a copy of an original concert promotional poster designed by the Robert Henry Booking Agency advertising B.B. King & Bill Harvey's performance in Memphis in the 1950's. Bill Harvey was a band leader and a saxophonist who toured with many Beale Street performers including B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, and Bobby Bland. B.B. King was born September 16, 1925, on a farm in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In 1947 Riley B King hitchhiked to Memphis to pursue his music career. He stayed with his cousin bluesman Bukka White who mentored him. When Riley B. King had a chance to be a disc jockey on Memphis' WDIA Radio he changed his name to the Beale Street Blues Boy which was eventually shortened to B.B. King.