The King of Blues and legendary guitarist Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King passed away at the age of 89 in Las Vegas. He has been living with Type II diabetes for decades. The relentless traveler was in hospice care at the time of his death. He has been credited for bringing blues music from the margins to the mainstream.
Born on September 16, 1925 in Mississippi his music career extends more than six decades. The documentary “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Mississippi highlights all his career achievements. He was a fearless musician travelling all over the world until his death. He carries a long list of honors including 30 Grammy nominations and winning many starting with his first Grammy in 1970 for his trademark song “The Thrill is Gone.” Besides Grammys, he is also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement Award from Grammy. In 1950s and 1960s, he was the leading R&B singer in the country and conducted many live shows. He is also well-known for his guitar named “Lucille.”