Blues legend BB King is no more, taking with him the legacy
King (87) reportedly died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas.
The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the Blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as “The Thrill Is Gone.“
King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
King played a Gibson guitar that he affectionately called Lucille and was not only the undisputed king of the Blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, including Eric Clapton.
He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional Blues album category for “One Kind Favor.”
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— The Guardian (@guardian) May 15, 2015
Sad about bb king — Friends of Friends (@FoFMusic) May 15, 2015
R.I.P. OG legend BB king… Big smoke for the king of blues. — OH NO (@ohnothedisrupt) May 15, 2015
R.I.P. BB King! The world sure is going to miss you.