The Thrill is Gone, B.B. King Has Passed Away
Blues legend B.B. King died last night. He was 89-years-old, and he'd been hospitalized twice recently for complications from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, which he'd had for 20 years.
His most famous song was "The Thrill Is Gone" from 1970, a lot of people probably know him from "When Love Comes to Town", his duet with U2 on the "Rattle and Hum" album.
U2's lead singer, Bono, had some great things to say about B.B. in this documentary about "Rattle and Hum." Bono recalled "I gave it my absolute everything I had in that howl at the start of the song. And then B.B. King opened up his mouth and I felt like a girl. We had learned and absorbed, but the more we tried to be like B.B., the less convincing we were." From Rolling Stone.
Fellow blues guitarist, Eric Clapton, posted a heartfelt video to his Facebook, remembering B.B.