Friday, May 15, 2015

RIP B.B. King

The world has suffered a great musical loss today with the death of Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015).
BB King 1925-2015

The Kings:  Elvis Presley & BB King 1956
King's guitars were named Lucille.  They were usually black Gibsons.  King's song Lucile is about his guitar and how it got its name. 
One of BB King's "Lucille" guitars

The July 21, 1969 Schaefer Music Festival at New York, NY US Central Park (Wollman Rink Theater) double-bill featured Led Zeppelin and BB King.  They played separate sets, more's the pity.  It's hard to imagine today, but like with so many of the foundational blues musicians, BB King was not recognized properly for the immortal he was, and at this venue he was considered a support act to another bunch of immortals.

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