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."
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B.B. King has canceled the final eight performances of his tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion. According to King's website, the 89-year-old blues guitarist and singer fell ill Friday night during a performance at the House of Blues in Chicago and was quickly evaluated by a doctor.
“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.
Exactly why legendary blues guitarists Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King never got together to make a blues-themed Christmas album called We Three Kings is one of the great mysteries of the universe. I figure it would've been an obvious move.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.