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About B.B. King
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing. Critical acclaim and widespread popularity have cemented his reputation as possibly the most respected, successful, and most recognized bluesman, not just in the United States, but in the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the "100 greatest 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." Early life King was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, a small town near Indianola, Mississippi. His parents were Alfred King and Nora Ella King. While singing in a local gospel group, at the age of twelve Riley bought his first guitar for $15.00. In 1943 King left Indianola to work as a tractor driver. King went to Memphis, Tennessee in 1946, looking for a cousin, Bukka White, who took him in for the next ten months. However, after a few months of hardship he returned to Mississippi, where he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit and returned to Memphis two years later. Initially he worked at the local R&B radio station WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, where he gained the nickname "Beale Street Blues Boy", later shortened to "B.B." It was there that he first met T-Bone Walker. "Once I'd heard him for the first time, I knew I'd have to have myself. 'Had' to have one, short of stealing!", he said.

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United States of America Musicians Ranking

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42. Jesse McCartney 31
43. Kesha Rose Sebert 18
44. Mika 16
45. Kouros Shahmiri 14
46. B.B. King 14
47. Marilyn Manson 12
48. Norah Jones 11
49. A. J. Mclean 10
50. Tori Amos 10

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857. Mahmoud El Esseily 15
858. Till Lindemann 14
859. M. Raveendran 14
860. Kouros Shahmiri 14
861. B.B. King 14
862. Björk 14
863. Aleksandra Radovic 14
864. Marcus Viana 14
865. DJ Smash 14

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