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B.B. King

Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American songwriter, vocalist, and famed blues guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is widely considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, because of this he is often nicknamed 'The King of Blues'. He is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows, and still at the age of 87 King appears at 100 shows a year. Over the years, King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand

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B.B. King -- Family Claims Rock Star Friends Can't Say Goodbye

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B.B. King is being isolated from his family and celebrity friends, including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton, and it's all a sinister plot by his manager to fleece his estate ... so… READ MORE >

B.B. King -- Daughter Claims Elder Abuse ... Police Called

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Daughter Claims Elder Abuse Police Called in Dispute Over Care

Blues legend B.B. King's daughter believes he is being abused ... and called police Thursday to settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized.  TMZ has learned there's a huge… READ MORE >

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B.B. King -- Rushed To Vegas Hospital

B.B. King
Rushed To Vegas Hospital

King posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing, "I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes. I'm feeling much better & am leaving the hospital today."Blues legend B.B.… READ MORE >

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B.B. King -- Sorry I Sucked in St. Louis ... I Was Off My Meds!

B.B. King
Sorry I Sucked in STL I Was Off My Meds!

B.B. King is totally embarrassed by his subpar performance in St. Louis recently -- but his rep tells TMZ, he has a good excuse for sucking ... the blues legend was off his meds.King's April 4th… READ MORE >

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