Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at Age 89

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B.B. King In Concert - San Rafael, CA

Throughout his long life, Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King spread joy to millions by giving them blues.


King used his velvety voice, expressive style, (accompanied by his guitar Lucille) to thrill audiences and spread music he learned as a poor youth in the Mississippi Delta all over the world.

King influenced a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

 Even with a robust resume stacked with awards and honors including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, well into his 80s, King maintained a busy scheduling tour.

King finally started slowing down after living with type II diabetes for decades.

According to CNN, "A shaky show in St. Louis prompted his reps to issue an apology for "a performance that did not match Mr. King's usual standard of excellence." He fell ill in October after a show at Chicago's House of Blues due to dehydration and exhaustion, prompting a rare cancellation of the remainder of his tour."

King has had 30 Grammy nominations and 15 wins over the years. Including "The Thrill is Gone." [youtube]

His last was in February 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album for "One Kind Favor" (2008).