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Bob Dylan, Jack White Celebrate Chicago Blues in New Doc

July 23, 2015

Bob Dylan, Jack White and the late B.B. King are among the scores of musicians featured in the new documentary, Born in Chicago, which chronicles the remarkable transformation and evolution of the blues that took place in the city during...

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B.B. King Coroner's Report: No Evidence of Poisoning

July 14, 2015

A Las Vegas coroner's report found that B.B. King showed no traces of poisoning at the time of his May 14th death and that the blues legend died of natural causes. Clark County coroner John Fudenberg tells Rolling Stone that Alzheimer's...

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B.B. King's Son Doubts Poisoning Claims

May 31, 2015

UPDATE: Two of B.B. King's daughters have hired Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, to review what they allege is the suspicious circumstances surrounding the bluesman's death, according to The Associated Press....

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Exclusive: Watch Two B.B. King Tracks From 'ACL' Vault

May 28, 2015

B.B. King twice appeared on Austin City Limits over the course of his career, and to celebrate the legacy of the legendary bluesman following his death, the long-running PBS series will dig into their vaults on Saturday, May 30th and rebroadcast...

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B.B. King's Estate Comments on 'Baseless' Poisoning Claims

May 27, 2015

As Memphis' Beale Street prepares to remember B.B. King's legacy at a memorial procession Wednesday, the bluesman's estate has hit back at allegations that King's business manager LaVerne Toney poisoned him in the months leading up to his...

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Mick Jagger Remembers B.B. King, Names Favorite Rapper

May 18, 2015

The Rolling Stones took a break from rehearsing for their 15-date Zip Code tour to answer a few fan questions via Twitter Monday. In between questions about their hair and the Sticky Fingers recording sessions, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards spoke...

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Memphis Grizzlies Hold 'Moment of Song' for B.B. King

May 16, 2015

Prior to the Memphis Grizzlies' Game 6 matchup against the Golden State Warriors Friday, the team paid tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away the previous night. King had an incredible impact on the city of Memphis and Beale Street since...

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U2 Honor B.B. King, Mock the Edge's Fall at Second Show

May 16, 2015

U2's Innocence + Experience tour nearly came to an extremely premature end at the end of opening night when the Edge took a nasty tumble into the audience, and on the second consecutive show at Vancouver's Rogers Arena Bono joined the many people...

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B.B. King: How I Got My Sound

May 15, 2015

"You have a grape," B.B. King said, handing over a big purple one. "They're pretty good." It was April 2008, and King, then 82 years old, was in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel for a Rolling Stone cover shoot, posing alongside Eddie Van Halen for a guitar-themed...

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B.B. King's Greatest Country Music Moments

May 15, 2015

Maybe it was his Mississippi roots, or perhaps it was his way with a lyric, but whatever the reason, B.B. King, who died Thursday at age 89, had a certain affinity for country music and country songwriting. Over his career, he played with country...

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute to B.B. King: 'He Was a Beacon'

May 15, 2015

Eric Clapton pays his respects to his close friend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89, in a video he posted on Facebook. A close friend of the late blues legend, Clapton also cites King as one of his greatest influences. "He...

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Watch B.B. King's Entire Memorial Service

May 30, 2015

B.B. King was laid to rest at his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on Saturday following an invitation-only funeral and memorial service at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Mississippi Public Broadcasting also provided a live stream...

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Legal Dispute Over B.B. King's Last Days Gets Uglier

May 27, 2015

The attorney representing B.B. King's daughters has fired back at the bluesman's business manager and her legal team, claiming that they are "dragging mourning daughters through the mud" over allegations that the guitarist was poisoned. King's...

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B.B. King Was Poisoned, Claim Bluesman's Children

May 26, 2015

A homicide probe into the death of B.B. King will be launched after two of the blues legend's daughters accused his two closest aides, business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson, of poisoning King prior to his May 14th death....

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Jay Z Bashes Spotify, Praises B.B. King at B-Sides Concert

May 17, 2015

Jay Z held the first of his two Tidal X: B-Sides shows Saturday night at New York's Terminal 5, and in addition to a setlist stocked with never-before-performed-live fan favorites and forgotten deep cuts, the rapper also used the gig as a pulpit...

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Bonnie Raitt Remembers B.B. King: 'He Was a God'

May 16, 2015

Blues guitarist B.B. King passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Here, Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to her friend, collaborator and inspiration. B.B. was a god from the first time we all heard him. You listen to those early recordings with that...

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Derek Trucks on B.B. King: 'We're All His Kids'

May 15, 2015

Guitarist Derek Trucks grew up listening to B.B. King. Here, he pays tribute to the late blues legend. I woke up on the bus this morning and my wife, Susan [Tedeschi], was playing B.B. King records up front. I looked up and we were passing the Indianola,...

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Trey Anastasio Pays Tribute to 'Incredible' B.B. King

May 15, 2015

Trey Anastasio has penned a tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. "It's literally impossible to overstate B.B. King’s influence on every single electric guitarist who followed...

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President Obama on B.B. King: 'America Has Lost a Legend'

May 15, 2015

President Barack Obama has penned a touching tribute to B.B. King, the legendary bluesman who died last night at age 89. "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend," the President wrote on the White House's Facebook. "B.B....

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Billy Gibbons: 'Difficult to Fathom World Without B.B. King'

May 15, 2015

In an exclusive statement to Rolling Stone, ZZ Top guitarist and singer Billy Gibbons is paying tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89. King, he says, has been important to him for practically...

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