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B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 6:23 am
by SOBHI51
From CNN
Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night, his daughter said.

He was 89.

Loved his music may he rest in peace.   

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 6:58 am
by seb146
I had read some things about him since Monday. And I had heard the song "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles at least four times today. I did not add things up until my FB blew up tonight....

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:23 am
by Dreadnought
I saw him live about 20 years ago - damn, what a showman. Even my wife, who has never liked blues, had a blast.

RIP one of the last great bluesmen. Edit: Come to think of it... who's left?

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:49 am
by garnetpalmetto
Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):

RIP one of the last great bluesmen. Edit: Come to think of it... who's left?

Just shooting from the hip here, but Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Keb Mo, Lonnie Mack, Drink Small, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Chris Thomas King, Malford Milligan, Joe Bonamassa, Tab Benoit, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd all come to mind. Of course that's a list of blues artists young and old, but there's still some great bluesmen out there - and a generation waiting in the wings for their time to come on stage.

I got to see B.B. twice - once at an outdoor festival and once when he opened the Durham Performing Arts Center. In both cases he was starting to show his age a bit - hls "rhythm" guitarist was playing more of what would have been B.B.'s lead parts and B.B. was mostly laying down the solos, but even still, at the pinnacle of his career, he was a showman like none other. He'll be sorely missed. I just consider myself lucky I got to see him live - one of my greatest regrets is never being able to see Stevie Ray Vaughan or Albert King live.

[Edited 2015-05-15 04:52:19]

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:27 pm
by cjg225
RIP Mr. Gasperon.

How Blue Can You Get

My parents got to see him live a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I never did.

[Edited 2015-05-15 05:39:49]

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:29 pm
by jetwet1
A big lose to the music community, love his music.

Sadly, many may not know, but in his last days there has been a huge legal fight going on here with his family claiming his manager and wife had been withholding visitations, stealing money and abusing him, a real mess.

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:28 pm
by GrahamHill
RIP Mister BB King. A true legend is gone. He has influenced so many musicians over the decades. I hope they will throw a big party-concert in his honor this summer.

I knew his health wasn't the best lately, but still it's always a shock to learn the death of a great artist. He will be deeply missed.

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 4:01 pm
by Dreadnought
Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 3):
Just shooting from the hip here, but Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Keb Mo, Lonnie Mack, Drink Small, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Chris Thomas King, Malford Milligan, Joe Bonamassa, Tab Benoit, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd all come to mind.

I was talking about the originals - the ones who inspired the Eric Claptons and Jimmy Pages working the clubs, bars and frat houses in the 50s or so. I'd consider the musicians who popped up in the 60s (like Lonnie Mack, Taj Mahal etc) to be of the next generation who built on the success of the first. I've been looking at all the lists I could find, and I think I'm almost right - BB King was the last of that generation except for one - Buddy Guy is still kicking. I remember seeing him at Antone's in Austin 30 years ago.

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 4:09 pm
by garnetpalmetto
Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 7):
I was talking about the originals - the ones who inspired the Eric Claptons and Jimmy Pages working the clubs, bars and frat houses in the 50s or so.

You might want to look into Drink Small, then, Dreadnought. He may not be as marquee a name as King (Albert or B.B.), Hooker, Guy, etc., but he may be one of the last of his breed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncXj1fL9LKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UZor2IJJWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HXyeNrVVLg

RE: B B King Passes Away

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 5:35 pm
by ER757
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 6):
He has influenced so many musicians over the decades.

Yes, the list of artists that call him an influence or inspiration is a long one indeed. Players from many genres: Rock, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Country. He was a legend by any definition of the term. R.I.P. Mr. King - going to pick up my guitar and play in your honor today