Goodnight, Blue Prince – #BBKing
One of the Great Ones passed a few days ago.
-Others have pretty much said it better then I could, like Stacy McCain, a musician like your humble Dispatcher:
B.B. King was born the son of sharecroppers in Mississippi and bought his first guitar for $15 when he was 12 years old. Imagine how he must have felt in December 2006 when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Real achievement, earned through hard work and persistence, is the only kind of success any honest man should ever desire. I don’t care who you are or how much “talent” you’ve got, you damned sure ain’t better than the King of the Blues.
Stacy has come-up with what is, perhaps, the best of the succinct descriptions of Reily King: ‘a national treasure’, for he was American, through and through.
-Over at PJ Media, Ed Driscoll pays tribute and has a video up of BB doing his biggest hit, The Thrill Is Gone, live.
-Darleen Click has a late-in-his-career performance of the same tune here.
-Paco has him doing Sweet Little Angel [I’ve got a sweet little angel / I love the way she spread her wings…].
-Ms Evi has a wonderful set of photos and part of a killer performance BB did at Sing-Sing Prison here.
-Man…this cat could sing and play. Here are three of my favorites:
Nobody loves me but my Mother / And she could be jivin’ too…
Sweet Sixteen [move over Chuck Berry]…
This is my favorite recording and was an inspiration to me when I first picked up my guitar and began writing music…
Requiescat in pace, Maestro.
As someone said: Lucille is now a Widow.