B.B. KING: Estate Sued by Photographer

A man who photographed B.B. King more than 45 years ago is suing the late blues great's estate and record label.

Glen Craig claims that King and various Universal labels have used his photos on albums without paying him since 1971. He points to the 2012 10-CD box set Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King as an example of the unauthorized -- and unpaid -- use of his shots of King.

Billboard notes that the suit identifies more than 40 Craig photographs allegedly used on King albums over the years. He is seeking damages and a jury trial.

From the website of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which recently had an exhibit of Craig's work: "In 1965, a chance encounter with B.B. King propelled a young Glen Craig into the world of music photography. Craig’s image of the blues guitarist became a front cover of Cashbox magazine. Soon after, Glen became chief photographer for Hullaballoo magazine...Craig’s work caught the attention of Sid Bernstein, the man who first brought The Beatles to America. Glen worked closely with Sid as creative director and press officer. Glen also collaborated with B.B. King on TV commercials in the 1970s."

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