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The blues man

Born on September 16, 1925 in Itta Ben, Mississippi
His ambitions grew as fast as he could stand on his tippys  

Given the name Reily B. King better known as B.B. King
Strumming his zealous hands and acing the blues on strings

He made his first break performing “Sonny Boy” in 1948
 To steady engagements and his quest for perfection was his fate

Throughout his life B.B. received numerous awards of distinction 
B.B. Is acknowledged as an American icon and will be for generations 

B.B. continues to tour extensively each year
"The Thrill Is Gone” rings notorious on the air 

Written about B.B. King for Raul’s B.B. King contest 

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  1. Date: 2/20/2010 5:50:00 PM
    Congratulations on this very informative piece on BB King!! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 3:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on your success in Raul's contest, Laura! Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 9:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest...enjoyed reading...Marty

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 9:00:00 AM
    Congrats Laura on your wonderful win in the BB King contest.. an amazing tribute to BB amazing win for u my friend ..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 8:32:00 AM
    Congratulations, Laura....I've learned even more about B.B. King...just reading this amazing poem! Congratulations on this fine win! Carrie

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 5:49:00 AM
    Wonderful tribute Laura. Congrats to you on your tribute to the man who no longer has to stand on his tippys! :) -Robert

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 3:47:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Raul's B B King Contest Laura. Every poem on the winners list was an outstanding piece. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 1:25:00 AM
    Laura, congrats on your success in my contest...Raul

  1. Date: 2/1/2010 3:03:00 PM
    Good luck in Raul's contest and thanks for the info. I knew B.B. was singing in the south for 20 years before he hit it big at the college campuses but I've not known where he was from until I read this ... smile ...

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 5:30:00 AM
    Nicely done. Enlightening couplets, Laura! Good luck in Raul's Contest. Ruben.

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 3:28:00 PM
    Great entry Laura.. my entry is Showmanship.. just short and sweet did I compose this time around.. this is a wonderful tribute.. u have encompassed the all of his life... Raul is going to have his hands full judging... I have been on jury duty for almost two weeks now so not been on Soup... trying to catch up on my correspondence and the many like yourself who have been so very kind to comment while I was away.. trial over this Friday... check out new blogs and photos.. finally... luv..

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 8:47:00 AM
    A great tribute to a true blues legend...Mr. B.B. King. Thanks for sharing.---Milt

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 4:03:00 AM
    Hi Laura, I like the historical approach to your BB King poem. Good luck in the contest. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 2:41:00 PM
    Trying to see all these BB King entries. Yours is right up there. I like how you let us see details from his life in rhyme, Laura. Best of luck in the contest! Andrea

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 10:54:00 AM
    An artist, B.B.King is an idol....... Good tribute friend....:JP]

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 6:33:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Laura. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at PoetrySoup. I wish you the best in Raul's contest. Love, Carol