For B.B. King the thrill is far from gone. On Monday, September 16, Lucille's pappy and the most influential figure in electric blues will celebrate his 88th
birthday during a rare gap in touring, which he’ll start up again on October 4 with a concert in Prior Lake, Minnesota. At this point King is, for many people, the living definition of blues, and he’s certainly a walking encyclopedia of licks and lore going way back to his days as a poor orphan on a Mississippi farm in the 1930s.