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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Another R&B legend has passed away, this one with close ties to Memphis and Beale Street.

The family of Preston Shannon, also known as "The King of Beale Street" confirmed the 70-year-old entertainer died Monday morning.

From Beale Street to the recording studio, news of Shannon's death was met with sadness.

Shannon was a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter.

He performed regularly at B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale and made several appearances at the Beale Street Music Festival. He even played right here on WREG's Live at 9 back in 2015.

Preston wrote the songs "Beale Street Boogaloo" and "Midnight in Memphis".