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.