The music world lost one of its greatest musicians Thursday when B.B. King, the pioneering blues guitarist and singer, died in Las Vegas. He was 89.
Almost immediately, performers paid tribute to the icon, including Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, fellow blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz and even actor Hugh Laurie.
“Up on a mountain I’m drowning in the sea All the clocks say midnight When the blues come over me” Rest in peace, B.B. King
— Alexander William (@AlexAllTimeLow) May 15, 2015
#BB King- the most wonderful Blues singer and Guitarist I suggest everyone gets one of his records to hear true soul and spirit
— Will Young (@will_young31) May 15, 2015
The thrill is gone but never-to-be forgotten. Rest in peace B.B. King
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) May 15, 2015
B.B. King. My heart just broke into a million pieces. Not enough space to describe my feelings of the man. Legend, pure, real, teacher..
— Lee Brice (@leebrice) May 15, 2015
Sad to hear B.B. King has left us. I loved collaborating with him, loved his music, & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 15, 2015
Very sad. BB KING: Rest In Peace.. http://t.co/VHNZhg6H2l
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) May 15, 2015
Play a BB King song today & remember him! RIP Mr King & thanks for all the Great Music!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 15, 2015
Rest In Peace, B.B. King and Lucille. pic.twitter.com/teenZyymaD
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) May 15, 2015
My friend and ledgend BB King passed.. I’m so so sad….he was so great to me… We’ve lost the King….. My love and prayers to his family.
— RICHIE SAMBORA (@TheRealSambora) May 15, 2015
God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax
— Ringo Starr (@ringostarrmusic) May 15, 2015
So sad to wake up this morning and hear the news about the passing of the great B B King.
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 15, 2015
Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) May 15, 2015
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) May 15, 2015
Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, shared a video of himself listening to the King’s music. “B.B. King you gone but you ain’t forgotten—we love you baby,” he said.
The most touching tribute, however, came from King’s longtime friend, Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
“This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart,” he wrote. “BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin’ world. He could play so smooth, he didn’t have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all. I’ll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well.”
This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart. BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin’ world. He could play so smooth, he didn’t have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all. I’ll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well. All my love, Buddy
Eric Clapton posted a video to Facebook of Clapton saying a few words about his friend.
“I just wanted to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend B.B. King,” Clapton said. “I wanted to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and for teh friendship we enjoyed. There’s not a lot left to say because his music is almost a thing of the past now—there are not many left to play it in the pure way that B.B. did. He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King: Live at the Regal, which is where it all started for me as a young player.”
BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me….
Posted by Eric Clapton on Viernes, 15 de mayo de 2015