B.B. King

He was the blues

Print edition : June 26, 2015

At Madison Square Garden in New York, in August 2007. Photo: RAHAV SEGEV/NYT

At Avery Fisher Hall in New York, June 1992. Photo: MONICA ALMEIDA/NYT

With (from left) Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr. on February 21, 2012. during the "In Performance at the White House" series, hosted by President Barack Obama, to celebrate blues music and in recognition of Black History Month. Photo: CHRIS KLEPONIS/REUTERS

The iconic Lucille is taken down Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, in a farewell procession in honour of B.B. King on May 27. Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht/AP

For nearly seven decades the great bluesman B.B. King (1925-2015) strode the music world like a colossus, attaining the unquestioned adulation of fans and musicians alike, and serving as an influence to those who would subsequently shape the course of popular music.
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