Legendary Blues Musician B.B. King Dies at 89
The world has lost another true music legend.
His lawyer has confirmed on Thursday that “The King of Blues” died peacefully in his sleep in his Las Vegas home at the age of 89. During his seven-decade career he influenced many artists and touched many lives, sold millions of records and gave us hits such as Rock Me Baby, Better Not Look Down, Darlin’ You Know I Love You, Hummingbird, Confessin’ The Blues and many, MANY more. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980, and even won an impressive number of 15 Grammy Awards.
What’s even more impressive is that B.B. King was touring all up until 2014 and that in one year he was able to hold 342 shows (I even don’t know how is that physically possible). Pair that with 42 released studio albums and you will understand that B.B. lived and breathe for music, so it is no wonder that his fellow musician, Aaron Neville, says:
“You say blues, you gotta say B.B.”
Tributes have been pouring in from his colleagues all day long as he collaborated with many musicians, like U2, and even mentored musical stars, like Eric Clapton who praises his skills to the stars. Ringo Star tweeted:
“God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax.”
Actor Hugh Laurie, who released two blues albums in 2011 and 2013, tweeted:
“Oh God. B.B. King. Let the sad times roll.”
The most heartwarming last farewell came from Eric Clapton who posted a video tribute to his dear friend on Facebook and said:
“I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and the friendship we enjoyed. There isn’t a lot left to say because this music is almost a thing of the past now and there are not many left who play it in the pure way that B.B. did. He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.”
The blues musician lived with Type 2-diabetes for over 25 years and was admitted to a hospital during April this year due to a diabetes-related illness. He was released to homecare upon his insisting.
A father of 15, grandfather of some 50 grandchildren, mentor and dear friend to many, beloved by all, a true legend.
Rest in peace and thank you for your music!