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Photos: B.B. King, The 'King Of Blues,' Dies At 89

Blues legend B.B. King, holding his guitar "Lucille," reacts as the neon sign for his New York restaurant and club arrives in Times Square, in May 2000. (Richard Drew/AP)
Blues legend B.B. King, holding his guitar "Lucille," reacts as the neon sign for his New York restaurant and club arrives in Times Square, in May 2000. (Richard Drew/AP)
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Legendary blues guitarist and singer B.B. King died peacefully in his sleep Thursday night in his Las Vegas home. He was 89.

In this April 21, 1980 file photo, B.B. King, left, and an accompanist perform during the opening of the 1980 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. (AP)
In this April 21, 1980 file photo, B.B. King, left, and an accompanist perform during the opening of the 1980 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. (AP)
B.B. King played to a packed auditorium of residents and press at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk, Mass. on April 3, 1978. King had been playing to prison crowds since 1972 when he and Boston attorney F. Lee Bailey formed the Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation. (AP)
B.B. King played to a packed auditorium of residents and press at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Norfolk, Mass. on April 3, 1978. King had been playing to prison crowds since 1972 when he and Boston attorney F. Lee Bailey formed the Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation. (AP)
B.B. King (with guitar) performs for the inmates of Cook County (Chicago) Jail in Chicago, Wednesday, March 9, 1972. King spent 18 months campaigning for prison reform and returned to Cook County Jail where his campaign began. (Charles Knoblock/AP)
B.B. King (with guitar) performs for the inmates of Cook County (Chicago) Jail in Chicago, Wednesday, March 9, 1972. King spent 18 months campaigning for prison reform and returned to Cook County Jail where his campaign began. (Charles Knoblock/AP)
B.B. King performs before an enthusiastic audience on June 28, 1986 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. (Rick Maiman/AP)
B.B. King performs before an enthusiastic audience on June 28, 1986 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. (Rick Maiman/AP)
B.B. King sings as he holds his guitar "Lucille" during a concert at Eagle base, near Tuzla, Bosnia where American NATO troops are based in 1996. (Amel Emric/AP)
B.B. King sings as he holds his guitar "Lucille" during a concert at Eagle base, near Tuzla, Bosnia where American NATO troops are based in 1996. (Amel Emric/AP)
Blues legend B.B. King, holding his guitar "Lucille," reacts as the neon sign for his New York restaurant and club arrives in Times Square, in May 2000. (Richard Drew/AP)
Blues legend B.B. King, holding his guitar "Lucille," reacts as the neon sign for his New York restaurant and club arrives in Times Square, in May 2000. (Richard Drew/AP)
B.B King plants a kiss on a plaque presented to him during a ceremony honoring King with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles in September 1990. (Nick Ut/AP)
B.B King plants a kiss on a plaque presented to him during a ceremony honoring King with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles in September 1990. (Nick Ut/AP)
Grammy Award winners B.B. King, left, and Tony Bennett shake hands during the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2000. King won the Grammy for best traditional blues album for Blues on the Bayou and Bennett won for best traditional pop vocal performance for Bennett Sings Ellington-Hot & Cool. (Reed Saxon/AP)
Grammy Award winners B.B. King, left, and Tony Bennett shake hands during the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2000. King won the Grammy for best traditional blues album for Blues on the Bayou and Bennett won for best traditional pop vocal performance for Bennett Sings Ellington-Hot & Cool. (Reed Saxon/AP)
The legendary bluesman continued to enjoy success into his 80s, winning two Grammy awards, starring in an IMAX film, and touring the U.S. He poses for a portrait in 2007. (PRNewsFoto/Lieberman Management via AP)
The legendary bluesman continued to enjoy success into his 80s, winning two Grammy awards, starring in an IMAX film, and touring the U.S. He poses for a portrait in 2007. (PRNewsFoto/Lieberman Management via AP)
BB King performs at Club Nokia on November 11, 2011 in Los Angeles (Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
BB King performs at Club Nokia on November 11, 2011 in Los Angeles (Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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