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Date: 14 May 2015
Today's Topic: B.B. King Dead: ‘King Of The Blues' Dies, Aged 89
Triggers: BBC News Report
My Grump: One of the greatest blues legends of all time. RIP BB.
A true example of the word LEGEND. B.B rest in peace.
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
The "King of the Blues" BB King known for his hits like My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, has died in his sleep in his Las Vegas home aged 89. He had been admitted to hospital last month for diabetes-related ailments
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence generations of musicians. Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months from complications of Alzheimer's disease along with congestive heart failure and diabetic complications.
He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness, but later decided he preferred to be in his own home.
His battle with illness has been a long one, though he continued to tour until late 2014. Last October B.B. cancelled eight dates, after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.
Despite that short break in performances, BB was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked King No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. BB introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.
BB King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues".
When your time comes, if you can leave our earth with as much love as was felt for this man, you will have achieved something truly worthwhile and wonderful.
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