At the ripe old age of 89, the legend himself, B.B. King, (birth name Riley B. King), has passed away, and the entire music world is mourning the loss of this great musician.
An American blues singer, songwriter, and musician, B.B. King was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H.W. Bush, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for his many accomplishments as a legendary artist.
As B.B.King became older, he continued to perform well into his 80s, never stopping, until his health became a serious problem.
During one of his recent performances, B.B. King collapsed on stage owing to dehydration and exhaustion!
B.B. King had lived with Type II diabetes for over 20 years, and on May 1, 2015, after two hospitalizations and complications from both the disease and high blood pressure, B.B. King sadly passed away.
King was married twice, to Martha Lee Denton (1946-1952), and to Sue Carol Hall (1958-1966), and he is survived by 15 children, and 50 grandchildren.
Below are two great, infamous videos and song performances from B.B. King himself.
The first video is a live performance of "Blues Boys Tune" from the "Blues on the Bayou" album, and it shows just how talented King was at handling the guitar.
King had this to say about the album, "This one is especially close to my heart. It's also one of the most relaxed and, for me, satisfying, no one was telling us what to do."
The second live performance depicts one of King's best songs, "The Thrill Is Gone," and it's simply stunning!
B.B. King is and was such a legend, and we will miss him dearly.
Rest in peace to the true, King of Blues...
The thrill is gone The thrill is gone away The thrill is gone baby The thrill is gone away You know you done me wrong baby And you'll be sorry someday
The thrill is gone It's gone away from me The thrill is gone baby The thrill is gone away from me Although, I'll still live on But so lonely I'll be
The thrill is gone It's gone away for good The thrill is gone baby It's gone away for good Someday I know I'll be open armed baby Just like I know a good man should
You know I'm free, free now baby I'm free from your spell Oh I'm free, free, free now I'm free from your spell And now that it's all over All I can do is wish you well