Friday, March 4, 2011
King is the last of the great bluesmen – the sole survivor of a tradition that goes back to the Mississippi Delta and the early 1920s. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf – the men who were his contemporaries, and his rivals, have all passed on. But King continues to record and tour at the age of 84. He joked: "If I stop I don’t get paid."
King has released more than 50 albums and won 14 Grammys. He also earned the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi in 1992 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at number three on its list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time".
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