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Friday, May 15, 2015

B.B. KING HAS PASSED AWAY - A LEGEND GONE - HIS LEGACY WILL REMAIN FOREVER - SAY LUCILLE AND IT CONJURES A TUNE - HE PLAYED THE GUITAR - AS NO ONE EVER DID BEFORE - A STYLE OF HIS OWN - TO HIS DYING DAY.

THE PASSING OF B.B. KING




When I was young - I loved Lucille
More, B.B. who played Lucille
The King sang a song - from his heart
Often time leaving one dumb founded for words
Deep and mellow - he scored
each and every time he played and sang a tune

Born to a share cropper family
he worked hard - and toiled early on in life
He picked cotton - and saw an opportunity
To leave Mississippi and head for Memphis
Where he struck that single cord
and all that went with it - he made a name
You knew that distinct tone
None other than B.B King could be 
that guitar - a Gibson - named Lucille






John Mayall, the great Jim Hendrix
Buddy Guy Eric Clapton
Otis Rush Keith Richards
Hundreds more who chose to emulate
the greatest guitarist 
the King of the Blues

Single string runs - punctuated by loud
cords - subtle vibratos and bent notes
You heard Lucille and you recognized B.B King
he could bring chills to any audience
I saw people weep - tears of joy

The undisputed King of the Blues
Mentor to scores of guitarists
savior to those that needed help
a spokesman for Diabetes
the legend is no more at age 89
We will remembered - for a long, long time





"people all over the world have problems"
he said. "and as long as people have problems, the blues can never die"

Blue figures the likes Charley Patton
Robert Johnson - guitarist Billy Gibbons
T-Bone Walker - Django Reinhardt
all had some influence on B.B. King
B.B. King received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom

B.B.King was inducted into the 
Blues Hall of Fame in 1984
He presented a guitar to
Pope John Paul II

He had President Barack Hussein Obama
sing along - " Sweet Home Chicago"
He was at ease with all - the famous
those that were ordinary women and men




B.B. King a humble man who submitted
with music brought thousands together
Often performing over 250 concerts a year
A preacher uncle taught him to play the guitar
Mississippi Delta - the birth place
of BLUES