B.B. King Dies at 89, Musicians Pay Tribute


Blues legend B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89 years old. King battled with Type II diabetes for twenty years, and he died peacefully in his sleep yesterday night. The legend was hospitalized in April, after suffering from dehydration and exhaustion due to diabetes. According to reports, King was receiving hospice care at his home in Las Vegas (NV) in the last few weeks. King’s last concert was in October of 2014, for which he collapsed on stage after suffering from the affects of Type II diabetes.

B.B. King leaves behind a long-lasting legacy in the world of blues music, and he is recognized as one of the greatest musicians in the world. He is ranked Number 6 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, proving that his influence transcends blues music. King and his guitar, famously known as Lucille, have graced many stages around the world. The icon became the first blues musician to play in the Soviet Union in 1979, and he played a 22-date tour in cities like Moscow and Baku. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and he is referred to as “The King of the Blues.”

During his illustrious career, King has released forty-three studio albums. Some of his albums include Singin’ the Blues, My Kind of Blues, Blues on Top of Blues, Completely Well, King Size, Lucille & Friends, and his latest effort One Kind Favor in 2008. The blues legend is most known for his song entitled “The Thrill Has Gone,” and some of his other hits include “How Blue Can You Get,” “Rock Me Baby,” “When Love Comes to Town,” and “Lucille.”

Once the news broke that King has died, several musicians paid tribute to the late blues legend. Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Juicy J, Lenny Kravitz, Ringo Starr, John Mayer, and Mick Jagger are some of the singer’s who paid their respects to King. “You mean more to Memphis than words can say,” Timberlake wrote on Twitter. Kelly Clarkson wrote,”When I heard B.B. King for the first time he was singing the Thrill Is Gone. The way he played & sang brought tears to my eyes.”

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