B.B. King's Life In Photos, A Small Snapshot Of The Blues Musician's Legendary Career

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The "King of Blues" has sadly passed away. According to his lawyer, King died peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home Thursday evening, sparking worldwide mourning for the legendary blues musician. His music speaks for itself, but photos of King's life shows just how far his career took him and how much people loved to hear him and his guitar wail. He was 89.

King had a long career, recording his first songs in 1949, and he continued to turn out new music even well into his 80s. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, King had a number of chart-topping hits, most notably his 1969 cover of "The Thrill Is Gone." The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which is designated for recordings of qualitative or historical significance."

He's won more than a dozen Grammy Awards — 15, to be exact, with his most recent in 2009 for his final studio album One Kind Favor. He also won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Among his many other accomplishments, King was an inductee of both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. A true blues musician, King will be missed.

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