VIRGINIA – A sad day for music lovers young and old as legendary blues artist and guitarist B.B. King passed away in his sleep at 89.
Born Riley B. King in September of 1925, King spent his young life singing in a gospel choir in his home state of Mississippi before getting his first guitar and performing at area churches in his community. King later worked at WDIA as a singer and DJ, where be became known as Beale Street Blues Boy,” which was later shortened to “Blues Boy” and finally B.B.
King was known for his legendary performances and distinctive blues sound that influenced many performers who play in packed venues and local stages around the United States.
President Barack Obama remarked that “The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend” in a statement on social media Friday morning. King played at The White House during a 2012 event, “In Performance at The White House: Red, White, and Blues.”
“No one worked harder than B.B.,” President Obama said. “No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues. B.B. King may be gone but that thrill will be with us forever,”adding, “There’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”
Enjoy one of King’s legendary hits, The Thrill is Gone, featuring Tracy Chapman. B.B. King was 89.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of B.B. King and his fans.
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