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Blues Legend B.B. King Gushes About Elvis Presley

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Legendary musician B.B. King has met Elvis Presley more than a few times. The two actually became very close.

In his 1996 autobiography, King fondly remembers his very first meeting with Presley. 

"I remember Elvis distinctly because he was handsome, quiet and polite to a fault. Spoke with this thick molasses southern accent, and always called me 'sir.' I liked that," he wrote.

He also spoke about the commonalities of himself and the man he called "the other King".

“All of our influences had something in common,” King explained. “We were born poor in Mississippi, went through poor childhoods and we learned and earned our way through music. You see, I talked with Elvis about music early on, and I know one of the big things in heart was this: Music is owned by the whole universe. It isn’t exclusive to the black man or the white man or any other color. It shared in and by our souls.”

He recalled when he told Elvis an important lesson about music. "Music is like water," he told Presley. "Water is for every living person and every living thing."

Their friendship was very important to both men. Presley even performed at a fundraiser for Goodwill that King invited him to, even though his contract did not permit him to.

The friendship proved to be so historic for the blues community, that there is now a B.B. King and Elvis Presley Welcome Center in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Check out a video of B.B. King singing Elvis' hit 1956 song "Love Me Tender" below!

Lyrics Below

Love me tender
Love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so

Love me tender
Love me true
All my dreams fulfilled
For my darlin' I love you
And I always will

Love me tender
Love me dear
Tell me you are mine
I'll be yours through all the years
Till the end of time

Love me tender
Love me dear
All my dreams fulfilled
For my darlin' I love you
And I always will

Love me tender
Love me true
All my dreams fulfilled
For my darlin' I love you
And I always will

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