Legendary blues musician BB King passed away on May 14th 2015 at the age of 89.
When it comes to the blues, fewer names are more famous. Across a career spanning over seven decades, Mr Riley B King became a legend, a key figure in reshaping the blues from its Delta roots into the full scale electric sound with which it has endured musical fashions.
In addition to becoming a legend in his own musical field, he opened a string of blues clubs in the US. He leaves behind a legion of famous musical fans – some, like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa – have incorporated his influence into parts of their own work. With other fans – such as Lenny Kravitz and Aerosmith – may not always show their influence so readily, few could deny that his reshaping of blues music was directly responsible for the birth of rock.
To experience King’s talent and ebullient personality, look no further than Richard Pierce’s documentary film ‘The Road To Memphis’ (included below), capturing his enjoyment of life just perfectly.
In a selection of clips below, Real Gone remembers a true legend.