King, B. B.
Beale Street Blues Boy,later simply as B. B., King, along with guitarists such as Muddy Waters and
T-BoneWalker, popularized electric blues music. Introducing the blues to pop audiences in the late 1960s and early 70s, in part with his most famous recording
Lucille,he continued to record and tour into the 21st cent. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 1990, Kennedy Center Honors in 1995, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.
See his autobiography, Blues All around Me (1996, with D. Ritz).
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