B.B. King & Lucille
The Story Behind The Name
The story of B.B. King’s beloved and legendary guitar Lucille begins on a cold night in 1949 in Twist, Arkansas. King was playing a house party where a bucket of burning kerosene was set out in the middle of a room to combat the chill. A brawl broke out, spilling the flaming liquid into the melee. Soon the house was engulfed, and patrons and musicians fled for the outdoors. It was only when he’d reached safety that King realized he’d left his guitar — a Gibson L-30 with a DeArmond pickup — inside. He dashed back in to save the instrument, but nearly became trapped by the flames.
The next morning King found out the fight was about a woman — after all, this is the blues — named “Lucille.” To remind him never to do anything that foolish again, he gave her name to hisL-30. And the rest truly is history.