B.B. King’s Lucille
and the Loves Before Her
This was my first book and I hadn’t really considered writing a book before although I had studied journalism in high school and college. The catalyst for writing the book on about B.B. King’s guitars and music gear happened after I returned his stolen 80th Birthday Lucille to him in Las Vegas in November of 2009.
I had purchased, unknowingly, Mr. King’s stolen Lucille from a pawnshop while living in Las Vegas. For two and a half months I researched all things Gibson Lucille trying to determine if he had ever played this 80th Birthday Lucille or had given it away to someone as a gift? Finally, Gibson management and B.B. King’s management got back to me and explained that I had BB’s stolen birthday Lucille that Gibson had given to him. After returning his Lucille back to him in late November of that year my family and I went back to Missouri to spend the holidays with our family.
That was when the idea struck to me to write a book covering all of B.B. King’s guitars since no one had done that yet to show the evolution of Lucille. I asked Mr. King’s permission to write the book and he encouraged it. Three years later, after many interviews and much research, my first book “B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her” was published in 2013.
The book almost didn’t reach publication as two different publishers rejected it stating that B.B. King wasn’t a big enough name to sell enough books. Fortunately for me both publishers I approached next wanted to publish my book and I ended up working with Blue Book Publications. I didn’t grasp while writing the book or after it was published how many doors it would open for me thanks to B.B. King and his kindness.
An updated version of this book, with new chapters, is currently with my new publisher, Centerstream Publishing, and I’m hoping it will be in print soon.
I’m also working on my next book on a very popular country artist!
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Eric dedicated "B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her"
to his father, pictured above is a photo taken in 1982 of them both.
BB King 80th Birthday "Lucille'