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."
B.B. King, Blues Legend: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Guitar Styles and Techniques is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $22.99. This Signature Licks Book/CD Pack will help you learn the guitar licks that made B.B. the undisputed King of the Blues!
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.
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).