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BB King
Here’s One You Didn’t Know About: From The RPM & Kent Vaults

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Gems unearthed from the late blues king’s early years.

BEFORE SIGNING TO major label ABC Paramount in 1962, BB King made his name at the Bihari Brothers-owned RPM and Kent labels from 1950 onwards, scoring repeatedly in the R&B charts. Archivists Dick Shurman and Roger Armstrong have dug into the vaults of these Los Angeles-based independents to put together a magnificent 25-track compilation that shows the late bluesman close to his best.

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