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    B.B. King, bluesman extraordinaire, dies at age 89

    Woke up to see the news this morning that the blues great, B.B. King, had died at the age of 89. Great obit in the Times today.

    I got to see King at the 1971 Cincinnati Jazz Festival at Riverfront. Quite a show.

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    "Gentleman, I don't do chords."
    RIP, B.B.
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    The Thrill is Gone. RIP BB King
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    I knew he had been sick lately and hadn't heard anything for the last few days. I always wanted to see him play. I knew that each time he was playing close to me could be the last time.
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    My son posted a video of him playing The Thrill is Gone and wrote:

    Among the many things Redsmetz taught me growing up was how to appreciate great music when I hear it. BB King was an important part of those lessons.

    Brings a tear to the old man's eye.
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    Tremendous loss to music. There aren't too many of these old cats left. Buddy Guy may be the last of the giants?
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    Don't you know you're riding with the King
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    Re: B.B. King, bluesman extraordinaire, dies at age 89

    I still remember winning tickets to go see BB King back in the eighties and not using them because I couldn't find anyone to go with me (a same day thing). That's always bothered me, and now more than ever.
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    Re: B.B. King, bluesman extraordinaire, dies at age 89

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I still remember winning tickets to go see BB King back in the eighties and not using them because I couldn't find anyone to go with me (a same day thing). That's always bothered me, and now more than ever.
    Why didn't you go?
    I saw him at Bogarts in 1989, following his collaboration with U2. It was a weird mix, middle aged black folks and white college kids. BB didn't miss the point and schooled us white kids pretty good on rock and roll. He talked about working with U2 and then said, "And for all you kids who grew up listening to the Rolling Stones...that's was me. And for all you who love Led Zeppelin...that was me, too." And he talked about all those guys not lucky like him, musicians who played the blues and had their songs stolen away, never to be paid by record companies.

    It was a thrilling moment, listening to one of the pillars of the blues teaching a history of music session between songs. On top of that, the guy flat out played and his band was terrific.
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