Thursday, May 14, 2015

BREAKING: B.B. King Passes Away!

The news is confirmed that Blues legend B.B. King has passed away. He was interned into hospice a few weeks ago. He was suffering from heart failure and type II diabetes.

His family and management team have confirmed that he passed away tonight.

The remaining tours were cancelled upon hearing the Blues legend was admitted to the hospital.

No word from the White House yet, but expect it.

World News Today send our condolences to the family of B.B. King.

Brief summary from Wikipedia.

 B.B. King (born Riley B. King) was an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 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).
Godfather of Soul and the King of the Blues.
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 continued to appear at 100 shows a year through the end of his career.

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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