B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans, while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late last night. He was 89.
For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards.
He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year.