More Tributes for B.B. King
To say that the world lost a music icon today is probably an understatement.
The tributes for Riley “B.B.” King, who died May 14 at age 89, continue to pour in from friends, fans, and admirers.
We posted earlier messages from Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, two U.S. Presidents, and many others.
Here are a few more
From Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top:
Let's say this: B.B. King for many stands as an early hero and a continuing hero. He could do more with a short stated phrase than most could do with the calendar and the alphabet combined...His passing is a sad one, but we take solace in the fact that we still hold B.B. King in absolutely the highest regard as both a transcendentally talented musician and a truly wonderful human being whose spirit will always be with us...All the British guys, the Mike Bloomfields, count 'em, we're all lucky to be interpreters. B.B. was an originator.
From Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys:
Sad when we lose an artist who’s music has such an affect on so many people. Love & Mercy to B.B. King’s family and loved ones.
From Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum:
Farewell #BBKing you left us with so much music that will live forever #RIP
From Brad Paisley:
Sad to hear B.B. King has left us. I loved collaborating with him, loved his music, & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.
From Tony Bennett:
America has lost one of its greatest musicians and I have lost one of my greatest friends. #BBKing
From Doobie Brothers’ Guitarist Tom Johnston:
Every guitarist studied B.B.'s playing style, and singers of every genre studied his voice. He is a legend that leaves a legacy of great music and hard work we can only aspire to.
From Kelly Clarkson:
When I heard B.B. King for the first time he was singing The Thrill Is Gone. The way he played & sang brought tears to my eyes. #RIPBBKing
From Nikki Sixx:
Nobody lives forever but their music can.Thank you B.B.King for all those beautiful gems you gave us in your 89 years here. RIP
A Poem From Carlos Santana:
Chairman of the board is home !!
All the kings are celebrating
the gathering of the elegance and excellence
In the ocean of the blues kingdom
All and many more
In the King family
Are welcoming the one
That made the blues SUPREME
B B KING
We offer you our total gratitude
Jimi Hendrix Stevie Ray
Otis Rush Magic Sam Buddy Guy
Eric Clapton Jeff Beck Jimmy Page
Michael Bloomfield Peter Green Javier Batiz
All of US and many more
We are your children disciples students followers
And lovers of your most beautiful notes
You showed us the way to the heart soul spirit
With every note you told stories of grace and beauty
Enjoy being in the fullness of our lord supreme
Enjoy the effulgent light that you are
GOD bless you and embrace you
MR BB KING
#RIPBBKing. Thought you'd just keep playing and playing. The Thrill Ain't Never Gone listening to your sweet jams...
From The Grammys:
Long live the King of Blues #BBKing
From Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard:
RIP to a Blues Legend... B.B. King
From Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson:
Curious fact that any time we lose a person who sings the Blues, as we just did in #BBKing, the World becomes a sadder place.
Watch the Eric Clapton video about B.B. King’s death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApMd-qOFyDE
From Gene Simmons:
Very sad. BB KING: Rest In Peace..