Friday, May 15, 2015

B. B. King (1925-2015)

"The King of the Blues", B. B. King, passed away earlier today at 89.

King earned a Grammy for his 1969-70 rendition of "The Thrill Is Gone", which became his signature song. In more recent times, King joined forces with U2 for "When Love Comes To Town", heard in U2's 1988 movie, "Rattle & Hum", and recorded a duet CD with Eric Clapton, "Riding With The King". A sample of King's vocals was heard on Primitive Radio Gods' 1995 1-hit wonder, "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand".

King suffered from diabetes, and made his condition public by becoming a commercial endorser for One Touch Ultra, a leading brand of diabetic testing equipment.

In tribute, we'll close with a video montage of King set to----what else?---'The Thrill Is Gone".

Rest in peace.

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