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King, B. B.

Barry Kernfeld

in American National Biography Online


Published online June 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.013.1803935

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King, B. B. (16 Sept. 1925–14 May 2015), blues singer and guitarist, was born Riley B. King on a plantation near the unincorporated community of Berclair, Mississippi, the son of Albert King and Nora Ella Farr, sharecroppers. His middle initial “B” did not signify a name. When his parents separated around ...

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Subjects: Blues ; Jazz ; Strings

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