PHOTOS: “King of the Blues” B.B. King Through the Years

B.B. King, the "King of the Blues," and his trusty guitar Lucille played concerts around the world with groups from The Beatles to U2 to Eric Clapton. See photos of King through the years.

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Undated photo of B.B. King
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B.B. King performs on television in this undated photograph. The blues musician died late Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89. Click through for more photos of King through the years.
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King performs with Bono of U2.
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B.B. King in the 1950s.
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B.B. King in 1950.
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B.B. plays a concert celebrating blues music in honor of Black History Month in the White House in 2012. Here, President Barack Obama joins in singing the "Sweet Home Chicago" finale.
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B.B. King's famous guitar Lucille, seen at a 2013 show.
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B.B. King performs in 2014 in Las Vegas.
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B.B. King performs in Baltimore in 2013.
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B. B. King stands in the street with his guitar Lucille.
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B. B. King performs at the 1969 Black Expo in Chicago.
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B.B. King performs onstage with Lucille around 1968.
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B.B. King performs on the radio station WDIA in 1948 in Memphis.
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B.B. King playing guitar live on stage.
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B.B. King and Albert Collins play onstage with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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B.B. King laughs.
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B.B. King performs with guitarist Les Paul, the namesake of the Gibson Les Paul guitar line that King favored.
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B.B. King appears during a tour at the Great Wall on China in 1994.
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B.B. King poses with his Grammy Awards at the Grammys in 2001. King won for Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
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B.B. King plays a concert for his 80th birthday on July 12, 2005 in Rome.
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B.B. King smiles while President George W. Bush presents him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.
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B.B. King (on the left), Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop (right) perform together onstage in 1967 in New York.
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B.B. King performs on a TV show in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
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B.B. King poses for a portrait with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr during the recording of his album "B.B. King in London."
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B.B. King performs around 1969.
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B.B. King rehearses backstage in 1967.
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B.B. King records in the studio in 1963.
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