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KillgoreTrout On May - 16 - 2015

The great Blues legend, B.B. King passed away last Thursday evening, as he slept. B.B King was the king of Blues, and there is no one that I know of who would dispute that. Mr. King helped teach and perfect some of the greatest American Blues superstars, from Eric Clapton, to Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards.

The great Blues legend grew up in abject poverty in the Mississippi delta region, and was raised by his grandmother after his parents died. He worked the cotton fields, making 35 cents for every hundred pounds he picked. Despite all of his hard scrabble beginnings, the king rose to legendary status and delighted listeners and audiences for decades. He will be sorely missed, by anybody who loves the Blues.

So, if you are a Blues fan, or just a fan of B.B. King’s, in tribute to the man and his art, pick your favorite B.B. King songs, and the songs of many of those Mr. King helped become stars in their own right.

The Thrill Is truly Gone! Another giant rests in peace.

Categories: Music Thread

Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. I seem to have put on a kind of Blues clinic this weekend. I hope somebody has learned a bit about the Blues and appreciated the music.

    It’s uniquely American and so soulful and spiritual. The Blues isn’t about crying, it’s about chasing away the sadness and lack of hope. It’s about setting one’s soul free.

    Again, I hope you have enjoyed this weekend’s music thread!

  2. R&B and Funk definitely grew out of the Blues!

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