We are living in times in which we are seeing our legends leave this earth. B. B. King, who passed yesterday at the age of 89, made a tremendous impact on our world and changed our lives. His music - which brought joy to several generations - will live forever.
Here are a few lines from his bio which were taken from his website, http://www.bbking.com/:
For more than half a century, Riley B. King – better known as B.B. King – has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found.
B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987. In 1991, B.B. King’s Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City’s Times Square opened in June 2000 and most recently two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002.
I am thankful that I was able to see him perform in concert. He was a remarkable man.
He had tons of great songs and many people know "The Thrill Is Gone" but here is one of my favorites.
RIP our legend - thank you for everything!!
Southern Soul Paradise