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B.B. KING ..."THE THRILL IS GONE"
In loving Memory of the King of Blues is Gone! Rest Peacefully. “The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend,” President Barack Obama said Friday in an e-mailed statement. “No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.”
B.B. King, who rose from poverty on a Mississippi Delta cotton plantation to become one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century and an ambassador for American blues music, has died. He was 89.
He died at 9:40 p.m. Thursday at his home in Las Vegas, Nicole Coleman, a spokeswoman for the Clark County, Nevada, coroner and medical examiner, said Friday in a telephone interview. King said on his website on May 1 that he was in hospice care at home.With an electric guitar he named Lucille, King developed a signature style -- single-note solos, left-hand vibrato and bent strings simulating a human cry -- that beginning in the 1960s inspired a younger generation of blues and rock guitarists from Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck in the U.K. to Jimi Hendrix, Michael Bloomfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the U.S.
“I’m trying to get people to see that we are our brother’s keeper,” King said in “The B.B. King Reader” in 1997. “Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues.” His music and style of blues had a profound effect on our generation. B.B. King and his Lucille touch our soul with his his emotional and passionate performances all around the world. The Thrill is gone... but you and keep listening to the blues keeping his spirit alive! Good night Lucille.