Abo the Blogster Writes
If someone asked you, as a music fan, how to describe B.B. King, what would you say about him? Entrepreneur? Legend? All-Time great musician? Those are just some of the things you can say about Riley B. King. This past Friday, May 15th B.B. King passed away at the age of 89. To be quite honest with you, as a big music fan myself, I never fully invested in listening to his music. That is a mistake and surely I am going to find the time to listen. B.B. King had an influence on so many musicians through the decades, it’s easy to see he deserves more credit than people give him.
Famed producer Quincy Jones told Time Magazine, “B.B. was King because he took blues from dirt-poor, smoke-in-the air joints all the way to concert halls.” Can you imagine going to see B.B. King live during the 1950’s when Rock N’ Roll was also on the rise? If you want my honest opinion, if it wasn’t for B.B. King, then we would not have the likes of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, or Van Morrison. All those artists have just as much blues in them as they do Rock N Roll, especially the Rolling Stones.
Mick Jagger was recently asked by Rolling Stone magazine about the legendary Blues artist. “He had so many recordings. It’s difficult to choose[a favorite].” That’s the same way I feel about many of my favorite musicians. Part of being a great musician is not only having great lyrics, but creating the music behind the lyrics. B.B. King was recently named the # 6 greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone. Many of the current greats like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Carlos Santana consider him greater than themselves as a guitarist, as well as a musician.
Not many people name their instruments. Just like Eric Clapton has “Slowhand”, B.B. had “Lucille.” After doing some reading, I found it interesting how he got the name Lucille. After playing in a bar, 2 men fought over a lady named Lucille. During the fight, they set the bar on fire and everyone scurried out . After he realized that he left his guitar in the bar, he ran in to get it, endangering himself. Hence, because of this fight, he named his guitar “Lucille.”
B.B. King is the “King of the Blues” and an all time great musician. Those that are really music fans, including myself, should really appreciate the likes of B.B. King and his influence on music. B.B. King may not be with us anymore, but his music will always be with us. Everyone should take five minutes out of their day and listen to one song. Thank Mr.King, for all that you’ve done for music! You will never be forgotten, and always remembered.