BB King dead: The best guitarist of his generation is gone
Blues legend B.B. King is no more. He was 89. The man who transformed the music industry forever by inspiring guitarists to go and explore bigger avenues by going mainstream rather than being confined to local pubs and restaurants has gone on his longest journey.
The death of the legend came as a rude shock to many of his fans as he seemed to have defied the death many a times in the past. The news was announced through Facebook page associated with his daughter and many people were not ready to believe till leading media houses actually confirmed the death.
Many people who have been following him are aware that of late he was not keeping well. He also spent some time in hospital last month due to some diabetes issue.
There is no denying the fact that despite being born in a poor, black family, he never gave in to social pressures. In his biography B.B. King wrote, â€œBeing a blues singer is like being black twiceâ€¦While the civil rights movement was fighting for the respect of black people, I felt I was fighting for the respect of the blues.â€
He has been ranked one of the top guitarists in the world in its entire history. Some twelve years ago, Rolling Stone magazine had him on third spot in the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all times.
The industry is mourning his death. Blues veteran Buddy Guy while writing about King describes him as â€œthe greatest guy I ever met”. He goes on to add, â€œThe tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… it was all new to the whole guitar playin’ worldâ€¦I promise I will keep these damn blues alive.â€
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