The Thrill Is Gone: Blues Legend B.B. King Dead At 89
B.B King fused together both jazz and blues on his beloved guitar, a Gibson ES-355 he lovingly dubbed “Lucille”.
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.
He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.
Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.
A former farmhand, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor.
He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
B.B. King dead at 89.