By Euro Weekly News Media • 15 May 2015 • 8:33
BB KING, known as the King of the Blues, has died peacefully in his sleep in Las Vegas at the age of 89.Known for his hits Lucille, Sweet Black Angel and Rock Me Baby, Mississippi-born King started performing in the 1940s and went on to influence a whole generation of musicians.The musician, who was once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time and was awarded 15 Grammys, had been suffering ill health in recent months and was taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.“King’s is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong’s once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. “You don’t have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.”
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