Lucille the Guitar
- The name of the electric guitar owned by B.B.
King, the renowned rhythm and blues
guitarist/singer. During an interview on the
6/18/90 segment of THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, Mr.
King recalled the story of how he named his
In his early career, B.B. was working in a
small farm town night spot. Two locals got into
a fight and knocked over a kerosene-filled
container that was used to keep the room warm.
As the container spilled, a river of fire
engulfed the area. Suddenly, it was every
man/woman for themselves as they exited the
Quickly realizing, however, that he didn't
get his guitar, B.B. returned to the inferno
barely escaping with his life as the building
collapsed around him. But the mission was
accomplished and his guitar was saved.
The next day he found out the fight was over
a woman named Lucille. He then dubbed his guitar
"Lucille" to remind himself never again to do a
stupid thing like running back into a burning
TRIVIA NOTE: An episode of the detective
series BOOKER/FOX/1989-90 featured a storyline
about Lucille being stolen from B.B. King and
investigator Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco) from
the Teshima Corporation of America being sent to
recover the rock and roll icon.
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