BB King

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Divorce, illness, failure ... how musician Larry McCray beat his own blues
He wowed the blues scene with his holler – but bad decisions and worse luck sent him into a rut. Now, with a loving relationship and Joe Bonamassa championing him, he says he’s grabbing a second chance

Chris Lord

25, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Father to 15 children … but were any of blues star BB King’s offspring his?
A new biography says paternity would have been impossible for the musician because he was sterile due to illness and an accident

Dalya Alberge

19, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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James Harman obituary
Blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player renowned for his demanding approach as a bandleader

Tony Russell

25, Jun, 2021 @5:08 PM

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Beloved BB King 'Lucille' guitar sells for $280,000 at auction
Auction of items from blues guitarist’s estate totals $1.3m, with prize item a prototype Gibson guitar that was stolen and later returned

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Sep, 2019 @9:19 AM

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BB King's 'Lucille' guitar to be auctioned along with other personal items
Blues legend used instrument on tour in his later years and his touring van, jewellery and clothing are also on sale in Beverly Hills

Miranda Bryant in New York

23, Jul, 2019 @2:01 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: songs with proverbs and idioms
A reader waxes lyrical in taking us through a playlist from your suggestions. BB King, Frank Sinatra and New Radicals all feature


30, Mar, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Readers recommend playlist: songs with one word titles
A reader picks a list from your nominations – songs from Santana, Grateful Dead and Soulsavers all making the cut

Scott Blair

04, Aug, 2016 @11:00 AM

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BB King remembered by Joe Bonamassa
The American blues rock guitarist has fond memories of ‘the king of the blues’, who died in Las Vegas

Joe Bonamassa

27, Dec, 2015 @10:30 AM

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Readers recommend: melancholy songs – results
Broken hearts to bad luck, mood swings to lost love, fado to hip-hop, hard rock to classical, RR’s Ravi Raman selects 13 sorrowful songs from last week’s massive topic

Ravi Raman

03, Sep, 2015 @11:00 AM

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Guess the guitar hero – from their guitar
We’ve cut out the faces of 12 axemen with distinctive guitars, so you have to identify the guitarist from their instrument …

Guardian music

28, Jul, 2015 @10:20 AM

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Letter: BB King was moved by the warmth of the public embrace at the Albert Hall
Giles Oakley writes: The first album by BB King that I acquired, BB King – Live at the Regal (1964), still raises the hairs on the back of my neck

Giles Oakley

23, Jun, 2015 @4:50 PM

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'Always a rotten apple': BB King, poison and the daughters of an infertile legend
As a blues man lays to rest in the Mississippi Delta, questions linger about how he died. Between the white horses and the family intrigue, the thrill is never gone

Thomas Lake in Indianola, Mississippi

31, May, 2015 @9:00 AM

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