B.B. King Has Died At 89. LISTEN To What Eric Clapton Says About The King!

B.B. King Has Died At 89. LISTEN To What Eric Clapton Says About The King!

Sophia Gioiello

The bluesy finesse and staccato-style strumming of B.B. King will live on forever. Born Riley B. King, the legendary American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist has passed away at the age of 89 years old on May 14.

The Mississippi-native’s voice was as smooth as velvet, earning him the title, “King of The Blues.” His immeasurable influence on rock and blues musicians today has brought a sadness over music lovers everywhere.

B.B. King’s legacy established him as one of the greatest American music icons. With a seemingly never-ending list of awards and achievements, including 30 Grammy nominations, the King of The Blues continued his reign with an admirable touring schedule well into his 80s.

You heard his voice swooning over the radio with “Blues Boys Tune,” “The Thrill Has Gone,” or “Rock Me Baby,” and Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. But for many, the¬†everlasting memory of B.B. King will include his standout ability to include contemporary trends, all without losing his blues roots.

B.B. King’s joined forces with chart-topping artists like U2, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. The British guitarist shares his condolences with the world in the Facebook video below.

“King,” Clapton said. “I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed.”

Clapton and the King shared the stage for decades and even recorded a blues-rock album together. The kind words of Clapton emulate the feelings of fans worldwide. Rest in peace, B.B. King!

To see why we all fell in love, watch the iconic performance of “The Thrill Is Gone” in the video below.

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