The legendary King of the Blues -- Riley B. King, otherwise known as B.B. King, brought blues to the mainstream with his wailing guitar style and velvety voice. In a career that spanned decades, he was best known for his biggest hit, "The Thrill is Gone" which won a Grammy in 1971. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
In this photo, B.B. King plays at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 21, 2012.