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King, a towering influence over generations of musicians, still maintained a touring schedule that put to shame much younger artists until late last year, when his health declined.News of King's death elicited tributes from musicians across genres who credited the guitarist as a major force in the direction of 20th-century music.King later christened his trusty guitar Lucille – a reference to a brawl over a woman between two men that set off a fire though which King rushed to save his instrument.In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the third greatest guitar legend, after Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman and just ahead of Eric Clapton.King developed his distinct style in the 1950s as he toured incessantly with his band. King in his prime put in more than 300 concerts a year, despite suffering Type II diabetes for the past two decades.
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