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B.B. King: The Thrill is Gone

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B.B. King: The Thrill is Gone


Tributes are pouring in for the blues legend B.B King.

The 89-year-old, who inspired generations of musicians, has died at his home in Las Vegas.

Born Riley Ben King, he was nicknamed King of the Blues and had a career that spanned almost 70 years.

He was a 15-time Grammy winner and recorded more than 50 albums, performing well into his 80s.

King was credited with taking his music to the mainstream, and his unique guitar playing was imitated around the world.

He played and toured with a Gibson guitar that he nicknamed Lucille.

His many hits included The Thrill is Gone, Let the Good Times Roll, When Love Comes to Town, Three O’Clock Blues, Sweet Sixteen, Don’t Answer the Door and Rock Me Baby.

In a TV interview in 2005 King said: “I think the people – God and the people – have been good to me through the years at the age I am now.

“ I like to do what I’m doing and will do it for nothing if somebody will pay my bills, but they’re paying me for something I like to do anyway, which I love.”

Eric Clapton was one of the many famous performers who made an online tribute.

BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me….

Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015

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