“America has lost another legend,” says President Obama from a post at the White House website. The King of Blues, BB King, who is one of my idols being a guitarist, has been a lifelong legend even while he was still alive. The sound of Rock, Jazz, Soul, has been put into one, the style of BB King, in his melodies and in his performances.
But back in the days, Blues was considered alternative underground music where the “crossroads” meet. This was when emancipation was still at large. Coming from the army, he sang and played music and also expresses his talent in Church as he was religious.
BB King in an interview where he played at the first black radio station getting paid $12 a night to perform
BB King has performed for a lot of concerns and played with the best of best, Eric Clapton and Lee Ritenour to name a few, who are jazz and rock players and my idols as well. Guitar Player BB King, also a singer, made a voice that echoed as “Blues Music”, something soulful and different from the mainstream like an early fusion jazz version.
As he passed away last Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the age of 89, i hope his legend lives on.
Here’s a video of “Let the good times roll” which i hope will be remembered by young and upcoming guitar players.
image courtesy of lovebscott.com and video posted by Eagle Rock on youtube.