Contributor biographical information for The B.B. King treasures : photos, mementos & music from B.B. King's collection / B.B. King with Dick Waterman ; introduction by Charles Sawyer.


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B. B. King was born in 1925 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. He is the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years and has released over fifty albums, many of them considered classics. The recipient of numerous honors, B. B. King has been nominated for 24 Grammy awards and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1987. In 1990, he received the Presidential Medal of the Arts and in 1995 he was an award recipient at the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2000, B. B. King had his first two platinum records, Riding with the King with Eric Clapton, and Deuces Wild.

Dick Waterman founded Avalon Productions, the first agency devoted exclusively to managing and promoting blues musicians. He has managed legendary artists Son House, Skip James, Booker White, Mance Lipscomb, Arthur Crudup, Robert Pete Williams, John Hurt, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and most notably, managed Bonnie Raitt for 15 years.

Charles Sawyer is the author of the authorized biography of B. B. King.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
King, B. B.
King, B. B. -- Archives.
Blues musicians -- United States -- Biography.