Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Riley "B.B." King receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom  from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006.  The medal is the nation's highest civil award.  It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".  One of the greatest blues singers and guitarists of all time, B.B. King is an American treasure.  For more than half a century, the “King of the Blues” and his guitar “Lucille” have thrilled audiences, influenced generations of guitarists, and helped give the blues its special place in the American musical tradition.  Raised in the Mississippi Delta, he began his career playing on street corners, and today has performed more than 10,000 shows, won 14 Grammys, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The United States honors B.B. King for his lifetime of achievement as one of America’s greatest musicians.<br />
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Riley "B.B." King receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006. The medal is the nation's highest civil award. It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". One of the greatest blues singers and guitarists of all time, B.B. King is an American treasure. For more than half a century, the “King of the Blues” and his guitar “Lucille” have thrilled audiences, influenced generations of guitarists, and helped give the blues its special place in the American musical tradition. Raised in the Mississippi Delta, he began his career playing on street corners, and today has performed more than 10,000 shows, won 14 Grammys, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The United States honors B.B. King for his lifetime of achievement as one of America’s greatest musicians.
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 15 Dec 2006
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