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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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Blues Guitar Legend Dies at 89

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Doctor Claims No Signs Of Mistreatment

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

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- 25 days ago
B.B. King -- Daughter Claims Elder Abuse ... Police Called

B.B. King
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 >

- 28 days ago
B.B. King -- Rushed To Vegas Hospital

B.B. King
Rushed To Vegas Hospital

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- 53 days ago
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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