Blues legend B.B. King is sadly no longer with us. As his lawyer confirmed, the musician passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 89, at his home on Thursday night.
Born Riley B King, B.B. King was widely considered a music icon. He sold millions of albums worldwide over the course of his amazing career, but more importantly, he was an inspiration to many other legends and managed to change the very core of rock and blues.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.” Edward M. Komara said that King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.”
He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his 2009 album “One Kind Favour” earned him his 15th Grammy award. He played his signature Gibson guitar that he affectionately called Lucille, and was a mentor to a number of guitarists, including Eric Clapton.
Other Legends Mourn
After the news of his death, many testaments to his work have hit Twitter. “Beatles” drummer Ringo Starr wrote: “God bless BB King, peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbara x,” while Rapper Snoop Dogg shared a picture of him captioned “R.I.P. B. B King.”
Eric Clapton posted a video in which he “expresses his sadness” to his”dear friend, B.B. King,” while Brad Paisley also mentioned how important he was saying: “Sad to hear BB King has left us. I loved collaborating with him, loved his music & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.”