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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I really wanted to be a gospel singer. That's what I wanted to be. This professor had a nephew that was a popular musician that played with a guy called Buddy Johnson. So when we would talk about music he would say to me, "You can do it if you want to. You can play music. You can preach. You can do whatever you want to do, but you've got to want to and you need a good education. You need to learn to do this." He would say, "We live on a plantation, we're in the country, and most people will put you down a little bit because you live in the country." It's true because when we would go to town people would say, "Here come them country people." But, we did just the opposite. "There are them old city folks," you know. My mother would take me to church, and this preacher in the church was named Reverend Archie Fair, we called him. Archie Fair was his name, and he played guitar in the church, so I wanted to be like him. And, I never really wanted to be a preacher, but I wanted to be a gospel singer, but my family thought that if I kept things up, kept going, one day I would be a preacher. Of course, I ain't dead yet, so I don't think it's too late, but I've enjoyed doing what I'm doing for so long now.
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