Blues legend B.B. King died peacefully in his sleep in Las Vegas at age 89. The Mississippi-born guitar virtuoso has been suffering from Type II diabetes for two decades and stopped touring way back in October because of dehydration and exhaustion.
A trailblazer of the electric blues in the 1950s, B.B. King was a big inspiration to today’s topnotch musicians and guitarists like Eric Clapton and John Mayer. His six-decade legacy earned him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That’s aside from 30 Grammy nominations and 15 wins!
As a tribute, here's some trivia about the great “King of the Blues”!
- B.B. means Beale Street Blues Boy which he used as a disc jockey for WDIA/AM, a radio station in Memphis. After being more popular, he shortened it to B.B.
- He was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi!
- King won his first Grammy award for Best R&B Vocal Performance Male for his trademark song "The Thrill is Gone” while his last was in February 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album for One Kind Favor (2008).
- He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
- He’s #3 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time!
- He named his beloved guitar "Lucille".
Upon hearing the news of his death, different music icons paid tribute to the King on social media.
Rest in peace to one of the most influential musicians of his generation, B.B. King! You will be missed and your craft will never be forgotten. The Thrill Will Never Be Gone.
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