BB King has died. He was 89. Born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 near Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S. Died May 14, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
After the cancellation of the remaining eight shows of his 2014 tour due to health problems, King announced on October 8, 2014 he was back at home to recuperate. On May 1, 2015, after two hospitalizations caused by complications from high blood pressure and diabetes, King announced on his website that he was in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died there on May 14 at 9:40 P.M. PDT.
I am very sad today. BB King’s music has been a big part of life and my musical upbringing. His music will live on. I also have my memories. Visiting Memphis, TN with my Brother and Dad and going to the BB King Blues Club. My Dad talking to some buskers and asking if me and my brother could sit in with them. My brother played the drums and I played guitar on Beale Street for two songs. I will never forget that. I will also never forget going to see BB King with my Dad a few years later in Reno, NV and sharing a beer, I was only 19 I think. His simplicity in his playing is something I strive for. Less is more. That was the major lesson I learned from listening to him play.
Peace & love to him and his family.
This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart. BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin' world. He could play so smooth, he didn't have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all. I'll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well. All my love, Buddy