Long Live the King

As many of us are hearing today, legendary Blues artist, BB King has passed at the age of 89. Rolling Stone magazine titled him “third” in its list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, following Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman (BBC News).

He began his career as a teenager playing during church services, and then later continued in Memphis where he often played in the streets. It was during his time in Memphis that he often played shows at the Beale Street blues clubs, earning his nickname, “The Beale Street Blues Boy,” which was then shortened to “BB” (BBC).

He played during a period of heightened segregation was one of the first to be accepted into venues that had been closed to black musicians. In his later years, artists such as Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Most notably, Eric Clapton and BB King wrote an album together, “Riding with the King,” in 2000, which one a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Blues Album.”

Below, you’ll see a clip of the popular song “Rock Me Baby,” played by BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jim Vaughn.

Smilin-BB-King

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