Legendary Blues Guitarist B. B. King Dies At 89

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King of the Blues’ legend B.B. King dead in Las Vegas at age 89, his attorney says.

King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a Mississippi cotton plantation.

Introduced to music through gospel, King ascended through the ranks as one of the greatest blues artists of all time. 

King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.

He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

 

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