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B B King - Living Legends

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Awarded: September 2005
(Sept. 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015)

Hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B. B. King was the single most important electric guitarist of the last half-century. The seeds of his talent can be traced to his birth in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, where gospel and country blended with the blues to create a unique and affecting sound. King scored more than 74 entries on Billboard’s R&B charts and achieved mainstream success with his 1970 smash hit “The Thrill is Gone.”

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