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Sidney A. Seidenberg
B.B. King was an American blues musician, songwriter, and producer who began publicly making appearances in 1949 and continued until his death in 2015. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time due to his style of soloing based on string bending and vibrato, which has earned him the nickname, "The King of Blues." B.B. King began his career on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, an area now known as a major tourist attraction because of its blues history and ties to local music festivals.