Pop & Hiss

B.B. King's Lucille

B.B. King explained the origin of his legendary Gibson ES-355 in the liner notes of his 1968 album "Lucille." While playing a gig in Twist, Ark.. in 1949, a kerosene barrel was lit to keep the space warm. During the course of the night, two men began fighting and knocked over the barrel, lighting the space on fire in the process. King ran out only to notice he left his guitar in the burning building. He ran back to retrieve his guitar, almost losing his life in the process. The day after, King discovered the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille and bestowed the name on his guitar, and every Gibson he owned afterward, as reminder to never do anything stupid like that again.
Juan Carlos Equihua / Associated Press
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