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"KING OF BLUES", BB KING DIES

"KING OF BLUES", BB KING DIES

Blues Legend, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

King began performing in the 1940’s in his birthplace Mississippi. BB King created some of the most incredible Blues music to grace this earth which created a hub of influence for artists such as Eric Clapton and U2 Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Fellow musicians paid tribute to King including blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who often played with him. "BB King was the greatest guy I ever met," he wrote on Instagram.

"The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to whole guitar playin' world.

Lenny Kravitz tweeted: "BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one."
"King's is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong's once was with jazz," critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. "You don't have to be a blues fan to have heard of King."

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