Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been B.B. King’s 94th birthday. Illustrated by Little Rock-based artist Steve Spencer and animated by the Brooklyn native Nayeli Lavanderos, the Doodle aims to celebrate the life and times of the “King of the Blues.”
Google worked with Steve Spencer to create a one-off animation inspired by both King and the Mississippi Delta in which he was born. Art directed by the Oakland-based, Memphis-born Angelica McKinley, she revealed that the topic was meaningful to her due to being brought up in Memphis.
“Memphis is a city forged by civil rights and music (specifically blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and rap). Everyone knows about Elvis Presley and Graceland, however many other legendary artists like King called this city home: Issac Hayes, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, and Kirk Whalum, as well as contemporaries like Justin Timberlake, Valerie June, Yo Gotti, and Three 6 Mafia. I’m humbled by the privilege to weave the musical and historical significance of my city with the life of an extremely talented man whose career is deeply intertwined with Memphis’s development and international appeal.”
Watch the video below.