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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by younkint, May 15, 2015.
Six strings down...heaven done called another blues-stringer back home.
I think October is when he fell on stage at the House of Blues in Chicago, and cancelled the rest of his tour and checked into a hospital. Then went back into the hospital last month.
He played here, about a month before that, with the Peter Frampton Guitar Circus. BB only played two songs and barely made it through 'Thrill is Gone" then did "You Are My Sunshine" as a sing along. He kept calling Peter Frampton by other names, Tom or Tim, and defiantly had no idea where he was or who he was with.
I never got to meet BB, but have done gigs with some of his band members, and they ALL talked very highly of him as a band leader and employer.
Back in the late '80s or early '90s my brother was working at a Steak House/BBQ place, in Vegas, and he calls me one night and said I should come over ASAP. He said BB had just drove up in a huge Lincoln and ordered two whole BBQ chickens and was sitting there by himself eating them.
RIP Mr. King. Thanks for the music.
I had the blues… now I'm just sad.
The Thrill is Gone but not forgotten!
Elsewhere, someone posted: "The man is gone, but the thrill is still there."
RIP, Riley B King
You have been an inspiration to many blues players and fans alike!
As others have noted, this was not unexpected, but still sad. I tend to think the term "icon" gets overused, but not when referring to BB King and the blues, especially. His influence was massive on so many great guitar players and he was a great singer. His place in music history was secured long before today, and fortunately his signature sound will live on, instantly recognizable.
This is especially painful to me because Mr. King was probably
THE most influential blues musician in my life. I remember
being a young man & waiting for an appearance of BB on the
Johnny Carson show. He didn't play until almost the end of the
broadcast & wasn't on a grand total of 5 min,with me knowing
full well I had to go to school the next day.
The Sanford & Son BB show was just on not too long ago.
RIP big guy! Long live the legend that was the King of the Blues!
Thank you for all the music B.B. There will never be anyone else quite like you.
It is not often that someone gets to live to see his status as immortal...but the icon that was BB King got the opportunity to breathe earthly air and see his contributions become a fabric of our being...sorely missed, but never forgotten.
The end of an epoc, a true loss, I had a chance in about 79 to buy a BB king Lucille, that was owned and played by BB. My wife intervened, and used logic, this was hardly fair as far as I was concerned.
Wow... lots of losses recently in the music world.
I feel fortunate to have seen BB in concert. He was the most generous, classy performer, total regard for the audience. Thank you, BB King.
Thank you, Mr King. Rest peacefully.
Was fortunate enough to interview him c. 1983, in Phoenix... Spent several hours talking with him in a Hyatt coffee shop after a show... A warm and generous man... Here's a photo from that show. RIP...
RIP, Mr. King....thank you. HE said it all at The Regal....
We're all feeling the blues today , RIP B.B. .
Thanks for all the years of wonderful music and the encouragement you gave to keep playing. Rest In Peace, Mr. King.