Legendary Blues king Riley B King, Known as B B King died on Thursday night at the age of 89. He is said to have suffered dehydration as a result of diabetes type 2. He was born in September 16, 2015 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. He started his singing as a child in the church choir.
B B King won several awards which includes the Grammy lifetime achievement awards, Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction, presidential Medal of Freedom. A documentary on his life called ‘B B King: the life of Riley and there is also a museum and the Delta interpretive centre which was opened in Mississippi in 2008.
In the last sixty years the Mississippi born musician was known the world over as the King of the blues. He influenced a generation of Rocks and Blues musicians from Eric Clapton to Sheryl Crow and others.
Despite his achievement he was still going on yours well into his 80s. He is known for his ability to infuse contemporary trends with his Delta blues roots.
He is reported to have played with all genre of music and it did not matter who he was playing with ‘King’s single –string guitar notes trilled with an unmistakable vibrato from his hollow – bodied Gibson affectionately known as Lucile.
CNN reported that ‘King finally started showing signs of his age last year after decades of living with type 2 diabetes. ‘A shaky show in St. Louis prompted his representatives to issue an apology for ‘a performance that did not math Mr King’s usual standard of excellence’. He fell ill in October after a show at Chicago’s House of Blues due to dehydration and exhaustion, prompting a rare cancellation of the remainder of his tour. He was hospitalised for dehydration in April in Las Vegas.
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