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B.B. King is considered the greatest blues guitarist of all time. His daughter Shirley, a great blues performer in her own right, joins us to discuss her legendary father.
“The Blues Legend Raised A Musical Gem.”
“She blew my mind, she was like Etta James, Koko Taylor and B.B. King all rolled into one.”
–Charles Hayden, Vue Weekly
Her father’s career exposed her to the company of great singers. Born and raised in Memphis, Shirley began singing in the church choir at age nine. When she was 13 she met another music legend – Etta James. Young Shirley was so impressed by Etta’s performance that she made Etta her musical role model. Ruth Brown and the late Mahalia Jackson also greatly influenced her singing.
Shirley has sung at major blues clubs and festivals worldwide. She toured the U.S., Canada, Italy, France and Iceland as “The Daughter of the Blues.” She has also worked with kids as an artist-in-residence with the highly acclaimed Urban Gateways Arts in the Schools Program at Chicago Public Schools, and continues to expose school children to the history blues has played in American culture.
Her new book, Love Is King, fights to her preerve her father's legacy.
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