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Legendary blues artist B.B. King at Penn's Peak

Published July 18. 2014 04:00PM

B.B. King, whose name is as synonymous with blues as Hank Williams is to country, will make a special appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe this evening.

The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door. Ticket prices are $45 and $55.

Over the years, King has had two number one R&B hits, 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues" and 1952's "You Don't Know Me," and four number two R&B hits, 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." King's most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone" went to number 15 on the pop charts.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 3 on its 2003 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time."

King won a 1970 Grammy Award for the song "The Thrill Is Gone." His version became a hit on both the pop and R&B charts, which was rare during that time for an R&B artist. It also gained the number 183 spot in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

He gained further visibility among rock audiences as an opening act on The Rolling Stones' 1969 American Tour.

King's mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love."

He has made guest appearances in numerous popular television shows, including "The Cosby Show," "The Young and the Restless," "General Hospital," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Sesame Street," "Married... with Children," "Sanford and Son" and "Touched by an Angel." He has also made a cameo in the movie "Spies Like Us."

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