Joe Bonamassa Tribute Is Fantastic Amid News That BB King May Have Been Poisoned
BB King whose music inspired many to this day will be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P. "I don't play a lot of notes. I just try to play the right ones". --B.B. King
Now his daughters are claiming he was poisoned. Police are taking the accusation very seriously. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, hastened their father's death. CNN is reporting that the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don't support that contention. Homicide investigators are waiting for the final autopsy results which can take up to 8 weeks.
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BB King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015) was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time (previously ranked No. 3 in the 2003 edition of the same list), and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed." King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King). King was also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows. In 1990, King was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H.W. Bush. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, inspiring countless other electric blues and blues rock guitarists.
Here is a fantastic tribute to B.B. King from our local 'Musical Genius' Joe Bonamassa.
This is part of what Joe has to say about Mr. King:
Never again will there be another as good, gracious or as kind as Mr. King. When Mr. King came off the road last year I couldn't believe nor wanted to accept that I would never hear his nephew Walter King introduce him again, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the King of the Blues, Mr B.B. King!’ That combined with the fast shuffle and the horn stabs as the man himself walked onstage was enough to convince this kid on May 24, 1990 that a life in the blues was for me.