Claims to have fathered 15 children out of wedlock, all with different women.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Performed the song "When Love Comes to Town" in a duet with U2 from the album "Rattle and Hum".
Diabetic since 1990.
He plays a Gibson B.B. King Lucille. The model he plays used to have a Gibson number name, but starting in 1982, after making some special modifications per King's requests, the guitar became the Lucille model.