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Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President George W. Bush today announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civil award. Established by Executive Order 11085 in 1963, the Medal may be awarded by the President “to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or […]

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MUSIC LEGEND B.B. KING WINS 14th GRAMMY®

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(Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 8, 2006)—Blues legend B.B. King (www.bbking.com), who recently turned 80, has won his 14th GRAMMY® Award. King, who won his first GRAMMY® in 1970, again won the “Best Traditional Blues Album” prize at today’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles for his “BB King & Friends-80” (UME/Geffen). This is the ninth time that the “King of […]

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New duets album of Blues standards

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B.B. KING BRINGS TOGETHER ERIC CLAPTON, ELTON JOHN, SHERYL CROW, JOHN MAYER AND OTHERS FOR B.B KING & FRIENDS – 80, NEW DUETS ALBUM OF BLUES STANDARDS TO CELEBRATE THE BLUES GREAT’S 80TH BIRTHDAY In honor of B.B. King’s 80th birthday on September 16, “The King of the Blues” will celebrate the occasion with a few of his musical compatriots […]

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Stretch of Highway Named for B.B. King

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Motorists driving on a stretch of U.S. 61 in Tennessee will be traveling the B.B. King Highway. A ceremony noting a name change for the highway was held last week at the Beale Street nightclub that also bears King’s name. The 79-year-old famed bluesman was on hand, but without the guitar he calls Lucille. “I’m not very good at talking […]

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Lightning In A Bottle

On February 7, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City ‘s Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion – the blues. Shared with thousands of fans in attendance, legendary performers from roots, rock, jazz and rap joined forces for a once-in-a-lifetime “Salute To The Blues […]

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B. B. KING & GYÖRGY LIGETI WINNERS OF THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE

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The winners of the Polar Music Prize, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, for 2004 were unveiled on Wednesday the 15th of October 2003 at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Chairman of the Board and Award Committee, Mr. Åke Holmquist, read the Award Committee’s citations. “The Polar Music Prize for 2004 is being awarded to […]

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B.B. King Museum Development Team Hosts Planning Summit

Indianola, Mississippi: Plans for a museum honoring international Bluesman B.B. King are well underway, guided by a development team with excellent credentials and input at a recent planning summit, according to Museum Foundation President Bill McPherson. Members of the development team assembled in Mr. King’s hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, on October 9 – 10 for the charrette. In attendance were […]

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B.B. KING: WINNER OF THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE FOR 2004

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B.B. KING & GYÖRGY LIGETI WINNERS OF THE POLAR MUSIC PRIZE FOR 2004 The winners of the Polar Music Prize, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, for 2004 were unveiled on Wednesday the 15th of October 2003 at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Chairman of the Board and Award Committee, Mr. Åke Holmquist, read the […]

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Hendrix, Allman, King Ranked as Top Guitarists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Late rock musicians Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman lead the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Hendrix, who invariably tops such polls, received a glowing tribute from Who guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he “made the electric guitar beautiful.” Townshend recalled that one of […]

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B.B. King & Beck in Guitar One

B.B. & BECKInterviewed Together for the First TimeThis month Guitar One caught up with titans of guitar B.B. King and Jeff Beck asthey kicked off their summer tour with a gig in New York City. Though B.B.and Beck had met only twice previously, they sat down for an exclusiveinterview, revealing not only vast six-string acumen but also sharp sensesof humor […]

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