Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1990 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Is a vegetarian, non drinker, non smoker, and a licensed pilot.
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.
Owns blues clubs in Memphis, New York City and Los Angeles.