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Remembering B.B. King: “I lost a friend today”

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I always felt a personal connection to B.B. King, only because, like countless millions of people, I had the good fortune of seeing him perform in person—once, many years ago, at the Oakdale Theater in Connecticut. As long ago as it was, he was already performing his show while sitting in a chair, his age and longtime battle with diabetes having already gotten the better of his legs. I do recall him standing up at one point in his show. It was during his finale, while he was being stage-rushed (imagine that—a performer well into his sixties being stage-rushed!). He got up to shake our hands and hand out guitar picks that were emblazoned with his name. I also remember…

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