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B.B. King

1925 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: Blues

Created for the 35th edition of the Festival, the B.B.-King Award will henceforth be presented to an artist who has distinguished himself or herself on the blues scene. The Festival’s inaugural B.B. King Award is presented to the King of the Blues himself.

A member of blues royalty, the indefatigable "Blues Boy" King has been singing the music of his native Mississippi with unparalleled passion since the 1940s. B.B. King borrowed freely from West Coast jazz and blues to pattern his unique style. Starting in the late 1960s, he broadened his musical horizons and his spectrum of audiences. From the neck of the guitar named Lucille was born a spare and fluid signature sound that inspired generations of bluesmen and rockers, among them Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and U2.



  • B.B. King - Interview 1995
  • B.B. King (1980) - Médiathèque Jazz

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