In the world of music, there are stars, and then there are legends. And while stars may be more popular at any given moment, the legends are the ones that stay with us forever. The world lost one such legend yesterday, as B.B. King died in his home in Las Vegas, aged 89.
King’s career spanned over six decades and experts mostly agree that he was the one to bring Delta blues to the mainstream with his version of The Thrill Is Gone recorder in 1970. Over the years, he has collaborated with innumerable stars, such as U2, Sheryl Crow, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton, with whom he recorded an entire album.
Among the myriad of awards that King won over the years, he earned 15 Grammys, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1987 and he also received a Presidential Medal of Arts, as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Rest in peace, B.B., the world will never be the same again.