Saturday, May 02, 2015

B.B. King On Dire Straights!

Legendary blues singer B.B. King is in dire straights. The family confirms he's in hospice care.

There's news of the blues legend B.B. King being interned into a hospice. The 89-year old blues icon has been fighting diabetes and an irregular heart for years. Now it seems like it's taken its toll.

His family and publicist confirms he's at home in Las Vegas. He's getting home care.

So we here at World News Today will keep you updated on the health of B.B. King.

Expect the junk food media to cover it as well as President Barack Obama.

CNN reports that King spent several days in the hospital in early April for dehydration caused by his Type II diabetes.

King has toured for decades, but has no upcoming concert dates listed on his website.

Known as "King of the Blues," the Mississippi native was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and has 30 Grammy nominations.
President Barack Obama gets an opportunity to jam with B.B. King.
Some of his hits include "The Thrill Is Gone," which won him his first Grammy in 1970, "There Must be a Better World Somewhere" and "When Love Comes to Town," a collaboration with U2.

B.B. King (born Riley B. King; September 16, 1925) is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Wikipedia explains that King is nominated No. 6 in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".

According to Edward M. Komara, 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."

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. King was also inducted into 2014 class of the R&B Music Hall of Fame. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King).

King is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows. King continues to appear at 100 shows a year.

Over the years, King has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarists' vocabulary. His economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players.

King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King's words,

"When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

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