BB honoured by US Govt

Blues legend BB King is to be presented with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, on 15 December. US President George W Bush will present the honour at the White House, and says "for more than half a century, the King of the Blues and his guitar Lucille have thrilled audiences", adding that the musician had "influenced generations of guitarists" and "helped give the blues its special place in the American musical tradition".
King said: "It's been a long journey, but I've enjoyed every minute of it, bringing the blues to so many enthusiastic audiences."
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