The peaceful passing of one of the greatest blues legends of all time was announced inauspiciously on www.bbking.com late last night in Las Vegas.
In 2000 I once attended a Mortgage Bankers conference in the US when I was still living in New Zealand. It was a lavish affair made all the more awesome when it was announced that they had hired BB King. He came on stage alone with just a chair and his legendary blues guitar, pulled out of his pocket a scruffy bit of paper from which he read the name of the organisation that had hired him and proceeded to jam for almost 2 hours. It was the most incredible musical event I had ever attended! He kept performing until well into his 80’s.
My favourite was “The Thrill is Gone”. One of the entertainment industry’s mightiest has finally left the stage. May he Rest in Peace.