Legendary blues guitarist, B.B. King, died early this morning at the age of 89. He is regarded as one of the most significant
Generally regarded as the “ambassador of the blues,” Riley B. “B.B.” King, born in Mississippi in 1925, has influenced more blues and rock guitarists than any other guitarist ever. With his immediately recognizable, vocal-like
B.B. was influenced by blues players such as T-Bone Walker, Bukka White and Robert Jr. Lockwood, but also has an affinity for the jazz sounds of Johnny Moore, Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. Recordings such as “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” and “Sweet Little Angel” are prime examples of B.B.’s expertise; countless guitarists, such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, pointed to B.B.’s “Live at the Regal” album as one of the greatest blues albums ever recorded.
As a tribute to B.B. King’s everlasting impact on blues
Rest in peace, B.B.