The legendary B.B. King is universally considered the king of blues. King was undoubtedly the most influential electric guitarist in the second half of the 20th Century. King’s bent notes and staccato playing style were a major influence on legions of bluesmen today. His gritty, confident voice was a fitting match for his passion and could extract every nuance from any song. King had a remarkable 74 entries on Billboard’s R charts between 1951 and 1985.