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The Thrill Is Gone: B.B. King Dead at 89


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I saw King live back on active duty playing while sitting in a chair at an outdoor night concert. A great talent following closely Percy Sledge who lives an hour from here and my personal assistant and friend was his drummer for many of his 1990's European tours. I never did get to see them play as I was covering his duties and mine when he went for a week.

 

It sure makes me feel old when I outlive my favorite comedians, actors, and especially musicians. But we have their recordings, movies and TV specials to reminisce.

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We were fortunate enough to have been able to see him perform several times over the past couple of decades. The last time it was clear that his skills were beginning to fail but we'll always remember how he sounded in his prime.

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A tough loss, that's for sure. He left a legacy though, in recordings and other musicians inspired by him. I agree that it's been nice living in an era where so many talented performers flourished and their performances are so readily available over the Internet.

 

RIP Blues Boy.

 

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