BB King Dies at 89May 19, 2015
G98.7FM Entertainment News
The world has lost a musical genius; the legendary King of the Blues, BB King. The 15-time Grammy winner, passed away yesterday peacefully in his sleep, in his Las Vegas home at the age of 89. He was diagnosed with type II diabetes several years ago and was battling it until his last breath.
King was the consummate entertainer, his career spanned nearly 70 years, with more than 50 albums; he toured well into his 80s performing 250 or more concerts a year. Born in Mississippi on September, a preacher’s uncle taught him to play the guitar despite living in abject poverty. From cotton picking at just 7 years old, to serving in World War Two, he started his career in radio with a gospel quartet in Mississippi, then moved to Memphis Tennessee where he was a disc jockey at WDIA, and played live music a few minutes a day as the “Beale Street Blues Boy” which shortened to BB.
His first hit was Three O’Clock Blues in 1951, then he broke through to white audiences in the 1960s with albums like “Live at the Regal”.
In 1969 King opened for the Rolling Stones – a musicians dream there after. The blues crooner became a giant of an artist, mentoring the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards, King with his beloved guitar, Lucille crafted great hits including “The Thrill is Gone”, “Blues Boys Tune”, “Everyday I Have the Blues” and “Lucille.”
Source: USMagazine.com/Image: news.images.itv.com
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