The recent passing of the great B.B. King has inspired a host of casual blues fans to dig deep into their record collection—or into the depths of their iTunes libraries—to get a refresher course on exactly what made King so special. Oddly enough, I had actually started revisited his expansive catalog the week before he became ill back in April.
In this lesson, I’ve laid out three classic B.B. King lines that Jazz guitarists can study, break down and apply to their playing in order to translate the vocabulary of this legendary guitarist into their jazz soloing lines and phrases.
Here's one we intended to share last month, when blues legend B.B. King was still in hospice, suffering from diabetes-related health issues. It's a clip of 10-year-old U.K. guitarist Toby Lee performing an instrumental version of King's "The Thrill Is Gone" as a get-well tribute to his favorite guitarist.
The Nevada coroner’s office said Monday it will investigate B.B. King’s death as a homicide. King died May 14 at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he lived. His daughters have expressed concerns that his death might be the result of foul play. "Our coroner takes jurisdctn over #BBKing body, performs autopsy. Results:6-8wks min. Homicide investgtn w/ @LVMPD," the Clark County, Nevada coroner's office announced May 25 via Twitter.
B.B. King, the iconic American blues guitarist known for his velvety voice and sparse, staccato picking style, died Thursday night at 89. His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
“I carried this song around in my head for seven or eight years,” B.B. King recalls about “The Thrill Is Gone,” which had been an r&b hit for its author, pianist Roy Hawkins, in 1950. “It was a different kind of blues ballad. I’d been arranging it in my head and had even tried a couple of different versions that didn’t work.
B.B. King has been hospitalized for diabetes-related dehydration, his daughter confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Although King, 89, has battled Type II diabetes for more than 20 years, his daughter, Claudette, told the Times that the blues legend "is much better."