Photo by Scott Harrison/Getty Images

Guitar Greats: B.B. King

We still have the blues nearly a year after losing the legendary B.B. King, but the guitar icon has left us an absolutely incredible catalog of music that spans his seven decades long career.

And if you thought his discography is long, just look at his list of accolades:

  • Winner of 16 Grammys, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon him in 1987.
  • Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 1995.
  • Honorary Doctorates in Music from Yale University and Brown University

Those are just a few of the honors King received!

To put it in the simplest of words:  The only thing that matches B.B. King's greatness is his influence on those that followed.

 

B.B. King

Portrait of American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King photographed in the 1960's. Job: 66781 Ref: SSE - Exclusive UK Rights Only Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Portrait of American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter B.B. King photographed in the 1960's.

 

BB King records in the studio with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1960.

 

BB King Recording

Blues musician BB King records in the studio with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1963. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

BB King records in the studio with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1963.

 

BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1965.

 

B.B. King (on the left), Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop (right) perform together onstage in 1967 in New York City, New York.

 

 

BB King performs onstage with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1968.

 

B.B. King Performing

Blues musician BB King poses performs onstage with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1970. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

BB King poses performs onstage with his 'Lucille' model Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1970.

 

B.B. & Ringo

B.B. King poses for a portrait with his Gibson electric hollowbody guitar nicknamed 'Lucille' in the studio with drummer Ringo Starr during the recording of his album 'B.B. King In London' which was... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

B.B. King poses for a portrait with his Gibson electric hollowbody guitar nicknamed 'Lucille' in the studio with drummer Ringo Starr during the recording of his album 'B.B. King In London' which was recorded on June 9-16 in London, England.

 

Blues Legends On 'The Midnight Special'

Blues musicians Papa John Creach, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King performs 'Gettin' It Together' on the TV show 'The Midnight Special' in August 1974 in Los Angeles, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Blues musicians Papa John Creach, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King performs 'Gettin' It Together' on the TV show 'The Midnight Special' in August 1974 in Los Angeles, California.

 

B.B. King In London

English guitarist Peter Green in a London recording studio with American blues singer and guitarist B.B. King , June 1971. They are working the album 'B.B. King In London'. The harmonica player is... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

English guitarist Peter Green (left) in a London recording studio with American blues singer and guitarist B.B. King (right), June 1971. They are working the album 'B.B. King In London'. The harmonica player (centre) is possibly Duster Bennett (1946 - 1976).

 

BB King On American Bandstand

Blues guitarist B.B. King appears on 'American Bandstand' with host Dick Clark on April 15, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

B.B. King appears on 'American Bandstand' with host Dick Clark on April 15, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Joni Mitchell And BB King

Joni Mitchell and BB King performing at the Bread & Roses Festival at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on October 4th, 1980. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Joni Mitchell and BB King performing at the Bread & Roses Festival at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California on October 4th, 1980.

 

Neal Schon (left), of the band Journey, and BB King plays guitar together during a performance at the 1983 Winter NAMM Show at the Aire Crown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 1983.

 

Les Paul and BB King perform on stage at the Les Paul Tribute Concert at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in Brooklyn, NY on August 18, 1988.

Photo of U2 and BONO and BB KING

Photo of U2 and BONO and BB KING, Bono and BB King performing on stage - Love Town Tour Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Bono and BB King performing on stage - Love Town Tour.

 

BB King & Robert Cray In SF

Blues musicians B.B. King & Robert Cray perform onstage at the San Francisco Blues Festival presented by Seagram's September 15, 1991 in San Francisco, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

B.B. King & Robert Cray perform onstage at the San Francisco Blues Festival presented by Seagram's September 15, 1991 in San Francisco, California.

 

(L - R) Ron Thompson, B.B. King, Mick Fleetwood, and Lowell Fulson perform during the Blues Heaven Foundation tribute to Willie Dixon at the B.B. King's nightclub on October 11, 1994 in Universal City, California.

 

BB King, backstage portrait, at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, United States, January 2 1997. He is holding his guitar 'Lucille', based on a Gibson ES-355TD-SV.

 

BB King, guitar, performs on July 15th 2000 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Netherlands.

 

Blues singer and guitarist B.B. King poses for a portrait session on April 4, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Crossroads Guitar Festival - Day Three

BB King and Eric Clapton at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

BB King and Eric Clapton at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

 

US blues musician Riley 'B.B.' King (L),

US blues musician Riley 'B.B.' King , smiles while US President George W. Bush presents the medal during a ceremony for 2006 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom 15 December, 2006 in the... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Riley 'B.B.' King (L), smiles while US President George W. Bush (R) presents the medal during a ceremony for 2006 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom 15 December, 2006 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

 

King & Diddley At BB King Blues Club

American Blues musicians BB King and Bo Diddley play guitars at the Second Anniversary Celebration of BB King Blues Club and Grill , New York, New York, June 20, 2002. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

BB King (left) and Bo Diddley (1928 - 2008) play guitars at the Second Anniversary Celebration of BB King Blues Club and Grill (in Times Square), New York, New York, June 20, 2002.

 

Eric Clapton and B.B. King performs onstage during the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park on June 26, 2010 in Bridgeview, Illinois.

 

2014 Big Blues Bender At The Riviera Hotel & Casino Day 2

B.B. King performs at the 2014 Big Blues Bender at the Rivera Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

B.B. King performs at the 2014 Big Blues Bender at the Rivera Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.