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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I'd go to town on Saturday, after I would get through with my tractor, and sit on the street corners with my little guitar. I had a red Stella guitar, and I'd play and I'd sing, starting with gospel all the time. I'd sing me a gospel song and people would -- and I guess I was kind of smart in a way because I knew where the white people passed and the black people passed, so I'd sit right at that corner where the white folks had to pass me going this way and that way and the black folks passed me going this way and that way. So, some or all would stop and listen to me because I guess I made enough noise. I had my big hat sitting down there, or a bucket or something for them to put tips in. And, people that would ask me to play, or request a song -- when I finished playing it, if it was a gospel song they would pat me on the head and the shoulders and they would applaud. "Boy, that was nice. Keep it up. You're going to be good one day." But they didn't put nothing in the hat. But, the people who would ask me to play a blues would always put something in the hat. Now you know why I'm a blues singer. That's how it started.
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I'd write and order me books. There was a guy called Nick Manoloff. Nick Manoloff had books. Guitar instruction books in the Sears Roebuck catalogue, the big one. I'd order those books and I studied them religiously, and that's how I learned to put my fingers on -- learned how to tune the guitar and learned my first bit of learning how to read music. I'm a blues singer, a blues musician, but I can read music -- not fast, but I do -- and I learned to even write a little bit. Now with my computer I write a little better. And, I believed in myself and that was the one thing I think that made me more confident in myself.
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Coretta Scott King

Pioneer of Civil Rights

Coretta Scott King: I think what I've tried to do is to empower people to understand that they can make a difference. And by using the method of nonviolence as a way of life, it becomes internalized into your life; so everything that you seek to do, you use those principles and those steps, based on those principles, and the steps and methodologies, so that if you have a problem or a conflict in whatever it is you are doing, you are able to better resolve that. And if it is dealing with people, certainly you'll know how to resolve that and become reconciled and to move forward.
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Larry King

Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

He said, "Well, you sound very good. I'll tell you what, I'm going to give you a suggestion. I don't have any openings, but a lot of people come and go here, we're a very small station. Why don't you hang around? You can clean up the place. We'll give you a little money every week, and the first guy that quits, you've got the job." I literally lived at that station. I was there day and night. I would help sweep up. I would also learn how to rip and read, and learned news. And I would go to the Miami Stadium and watch the Marlins play, and watch the guys do the baseballs games. Everywhere I could go, anything I could do, I was there.
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Larry King

Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

I later talked to Arthur Godfrey a lot, and did Arthur Godfrey's show, and he would be on my show. The only other time I was nervous was my first night on television. I was never nervous again because I learned something that day. And if more people could learn this, it would be the best advice I'd give you. As Godfrey later put it into better words, he said to me, "The only secret in this business is there is no secret. Just be yourself. If yourself is good enough, you're going to be good enough. If it ain't good enough, you can't be someone else."
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