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B.B. King's life in pictures

See photos of blue legend B.B. King, who died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at his Las Vegas home. The "King of the Blues" was 89.

B.B. King in an undated photo incorporated into
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B.B. King in an undated photo incorporated into PBS' "American Roots Music," a four-part series tracing the development of uniquely American music genres, narrated by Kris Kristofferson.

B.B. King, left, and an accompanist perform during
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B.B. King, left, and an accompanist perform during the opening of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on April 21, 1980.

B.B. King performing at the Nice Jazz Festival
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B.B. King performing at the Nice Jazz Festival in France on July 19, 1985.

BB King during his first performance at the
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BB King during his first performance at the Marciac Jazz festival in southwestern France on Aug. 11, 1997.

B.B. King and Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti during
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B.B. King and Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti during rehearsals for the "Pavarotti and friends '99'' charity concert for Guatemala, in Bologna, Italy, on May 31, 1999.

B.B. King performs at the Jazz Festival in
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B.B. King performs at the Jazz Festival in Antibes/Juan-les-Pins in southern France, on July 23, 1999.

B.B. King with his Grammy award for Best
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B.B. King with his Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2000.

B.B King performs during the Jazz festival in
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B.B King performs during the Jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins, southern France, on July 16, 2000.

B.B. King, with his Grammy award, acknowledges applause
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B.B. King, with his Grammy award, acknowledges applause during the 43rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2001.

B.B. King performing on stage at Stravinski Hall
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B.B. King performing on stage at Stravinski Hall during the Top of Blues at the 35th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 11, 2001.

B.B. King visits a statue dedicated to him
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B.B. King visits a statue dedicated to him in Montreux, Switzerland, before the opening of the 36th Montreux Jazz Festival, on July 5, 2002.

B.B. King performs in Stravinski Hall during the
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B.B. King performs in Stravinski Hall during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 6, 2002.

B.B King plays in Nice, France, during the
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B.B King plays in Nice, France, during the Nice Jazz Festival on the French Riviera, on July 24, 2002.

B.B. King at a press conference in Stockholm
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B.B. King at a press conference in Stockholm on May 21, 2004.

B.B. King talks to King Carl XVI Gustaf
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B.B. King talks to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during a reception in Stockholm on May 24, 2004.

B.B. King with Spanish musician Raimundo Amador, top
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B.B. King with Spanish musician Raimundo Amador, top left, and U.S. musician Doctor John, in Valencia, where B.B. King kicked off his Blues Festival tour of seven Spanish cities, on June 22, 2004.

BB King performs at the bullring of Valencia,
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BB King performs at the bullring of Valencia, Spain, on June 23, 2004.

President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal
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President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to B.B. King during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Dec. 15, 2006.

B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and
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B.B. King performs at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, in Salisbury, Maryland, on Feb. 16, 2007.

Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winner B.B. King arrives
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Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winner B.B. King arrives for the Grammy Awards nominations announcement concert in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 2008.

B.B. King, right, performs in Ahoy Rotterdam, The
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B.B. King, right, performs in Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during the North Sea Jazz festival, on July 10, 2009.

B.B. King performs during the Nice Jazz Festival,
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B.B. King performs during the Nice Jazz Festival, in Nice, France, on July 20, 2009.

B.B. King performs during a concert at Circo
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B.B. King performs during a concert at Circo Price theatre in Madrid, Spain, on July 2, 2010.

B.B. King performs at La Zurriola beach during
Photo Credit: EPA / Juan Herrero

B.B. King performs at La Zurriola beach during the inauguration of the 46th Jazz Festival of San Sebastian, Spain, on July 21, 2011.

B.B. King taking the stage during a celebration
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B.B. King taking the stage during a celebration of blues music in recognition of Black History Month at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12, 2012.

B.B. King performs at the Live at Sunset
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B.B. King performs at the Live at Sunset Festival in Zurich, Switzerland on July 11, 2012.

Great South Bay Music Festival 2014

B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue's Shorefront Park, July 20, 2014.

B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay
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B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue's Shorefront Park, July 20, 2014.

B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay
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B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue's Shorefront Park on July 20, 2014. The three-day festival featured artists including Taking Back Sunday, moe., and drew a multigenerational audience.

B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay
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B.B. King performs at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue's Shorefront Park, July 20, 2014. The three-day festival featured artists including Taking Back Sunday, moe., and drew a multigenerational audience.

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