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Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.  The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound.

A Circuit Court judge in Levy, County, Florida ruled on Friday May 6, 2011, that Bo Diddley's former managers can sell off his estate including publishing rights-- to pay a $1.1 million debt owed to the IRS.  They are also entitled to a 15% commission.
MusicWire Magazine - James Lawrence "Jimmie" Vaughan is an American Blues Rock Guitarist.  He is the older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
A significant influence on Jimmie Vaughan's style was Freddie King, who advised him personally; from Albert King and B. B. King; as well as from Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Vaughan continues to perform. Vaughan appeared with Boz Scaggs & The Blue Velvet Band at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Blugrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
JW Davis, Editor-In-Chief of this publication personally witnessed one of Jimmie Vaughan's performances at the Victory Rally for Kentucky US Sentaor Rand Paul in November 2010 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  "His performance and mastering of playing the Blues is nothing short of astounding," said Davis.  "Jimmie Vaughan is as close as they come to some of the basic blues great's that I have seen in my lifetime," he said. Shout! Factory released Jimmie Vaughan's first new album in nine years, "Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites," was released on July 6, 2010.
MusicWire Magazine.  Etta James is an American Blues, Soul, Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Rock and Roll, Gospel and Jazz Singer. In the 1950s and 60s, she had her biggest success as a Blues and R&B singer.She is best known for her version of the song "At Last", and for "I'd Rather Go Blind".  Etta James has received over 30 awards and recognitions from eight different organizations, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences who organise the Grammys.  In 1989, the newly formed Rhythm and Blues Foundation included James in their first Pioneer Awards for artists
MusicWire Magazine - Riley B. King known by the stage name B.B. King ("B.B." short for Blues Boy), is an American Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and fluid, complex guitar playing.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No.3 on its list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which did not chart well. "My very first recordings [in 1949] were for a company out of Nashville called Bullet, the Bullet Record Transcription company," King recalls. "I had horns that very first session. I had Phineas Newborn on piano; his father played drums, and his brother, Calvin, played guitar with me. I had Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch on tenor sax, his brother, Thomas Branch, on trumpet, and a lady trombone player. The Newborn family were the house band at the famous Plantation Inn in West Memphis."
His favorite singer is Frank Sinatra. In his autobiography King speaks about how he was, and is, a "Sinatra nut" and how he went to bed every night listening to Sinatra's classic album In the Wee Small Hours. King has credited Sinatra for opening doors to black entertainers who were not given the chance to play in "white-dominated" venues; Sinatra got B.B. King into the main clubs in Las Vegas during the 1960s


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