Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter B.B. King died late Thursday night at his Las Vegas home from complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure. The music legend was 89.
There are write-ups all over the Internet today, but this one in Rolling Stone is a good place to start:
His indelible style – a throaty, throttling vocal howl paired with a ringing single-note vibrato sound played on his electric guitar named Lucille – defined the genre. He won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
King performed up until last October, when poor health finally caught up with him.
Below are videos from different points in B.B.'s career.
Here's King performing in 1972 at Sing Sing Prison, a show he called one of his best.
This video shows King performing his first hit, "3 O'Clock Blues," recorded in 1951. This video is from well after that, but we can't place the year. (If anyone knows, let us know in a comment!)
Here's King in 1993, performing "The Thrill is Gone" at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
RIP, B.B. We'll miss you.
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