‘King of the Blues’ B.B. King, the legendary blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, died Thursday in Las Vegas. The 15-time Grammy winner was 89 years old and suffered from diabetes. Here’s ‘The Thrill is Gone’, where he makes his guitar Lucille shout and cry …”Now that it’s all over, all I can do is wish you well.”
In his fantastic career spanning nearly 70 years, B. B. King was a mentor to numbers of guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year.
In 1988 he said in the book ‘Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music’…”I’ve always tried to defend the idea that the blues doesn’t have to be sung by a person who comes from Mississippi, as I did…People all over the world have problems. And as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”
R.I.P. B.B. KING