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It was at the WDIA Studios in Memphis, where the future “King of the Blues”, was first known as “Beale Street Blues Boy.” It was later shortened to “Blues Boy and finally to B.B. At WDIA, the first African-American radio station in Memphis, King’s 10-minute “King’s Spot,” appearance grew into the Sepia Swing Club and started him on his road to fame. In this photograph from the WDIA Collection in the Center for Southern Folklore Archives, King is pictured with guitar “Lucille.” Stories point to a scuffle at an Arkansas nightclub where two men were figting over a woman named Lucille. The nightclub burned but King saved his guitar and named it after her.

Young BB King - 8x10 Matted Print

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