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B.B. King: Thirty years on the road

John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 21 February 1980

LOS ANGELES — B.B. King sat quietly in the American Bandstand dressing room, sipping a diet soda and staring at the words to a song from his latest album, Take It Home. The record had been selling so well that King was asked to appear on the show, but the fifty-four-year-old blues singer won't lip-sync, and thus broke Bandstand's canned-music routine, one of the few times in the show's twenty-seven-year history. King, who'd celebrated his thirtieth anniversary as a recording artist the night before, was concerned about upsetting the clockwork Bandstand mechanism.

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