B.B. King, Dead at 89

B.B. KingB.B. King was 89. He was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues." He's best known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues.

You might remember him from When Love Comes to Town, a great ditty from U2's Rattle and Hum.

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Another legend gone.

He left a lot of family behind if you believe Wikipedia. Apparently he fathered 15 children who went on to produce in excess of 50 grandchildren.

(Mike, BB King was 76 in 2001 - you might want to fix that first sentence.)

May 15, 2015 @ 9:07 AM

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Sorry to hear this news this morning. I have been a longtime fan and have quite a few of his albums, mostly the early ones. My all-time favorite is My Kind of Blues (which my Dad first gave to me) and I still spin regularly. I have also have seen him numerous times live, the last being a few years ago at Shea’s in Buffalo.

What I think about him today is just how much of a musical influence he has had on other artists, and how respected he was in the circle of musical talent. And I wonder, what current musicians today will drive this type of influence and respect BB and other legends have in future generations of musicians?

May 15, 2015 @ 9:26 AM

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