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B. B. King "Lucille" Marker

Marker recalls the story often told by B. B. King about how he came to name all of his guitars "Lucille."  After running back into a burning juke joint in Twist to retrieve his guitar, he learned that the fire had started during a fight over a woman named Lucille.  From that point forward, he named all of his guitars Lucille.

The legendary blues singer and guitarist got his first steady paying music job at the 16th Street Grill in West Memphis in the late 1940s. He also appeared on the Hadacol Tonic show on KWEM radio in West Memphis and played many clubs and other venues in Arkansas over the years.  A stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul and the African American Heritage Trail.

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AR Highway 42, Twist, Arkansas