The musical world of Blues went silent with the death of “King of the Blues” B.B. King. International celebrities like Bryan Adams and Snoop Dogg and Indian talents Mohit Chauhan and Randeep Hooda mourned his loss, saying that the musical pitch laid by the late singer and guitarist will continue to live on.
According to bbc.co.uk, the “Sweet black angel” hitmaker died in his sleep in Las Vegas on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was admitted to hospital in April due to diabetes-related trouble. He was 89.
The “Summer of ’69” singer Bryan Adams condoled his death on micro-blogging site Twitter. He said:
RIP BB King, one of the best blues guitarists ever, maybe the best. He could do more on one note than anyone. #respect
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) May 15, 2015
Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a picture of King and captioned it: “R. I. P. B. B. King”.Music artists from India also expressed grief over the death with Mohit Chauhan writing that “’The thrill is gone’…the king blues man…BB King…RIP”.
‘The thrill is gone’..the king blues man..BB King..RIP.
— Mohit Chauhan (@_MohitChauhan) May 15, 2015
Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda went into nostalgic mode as he remembered a track given by B.B. King.
“Its a blue day…RIP you legend #BBKing… your Lucille will live forever,” Randeep tweeted.
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) May 15, 2015
Actor Samuel L. Jackson paid tribute to the late singer by asking people to play King’s songs. “Play a BB King song today & remember him! RIP Mr King & thanks for all the Great Music,” Samuel L. Jackson posted.
Play a BB King song today & remember him! RIP Mr King & thanks for all the Great Music!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 15, 2015
Indian musician Vishal Dadlani said: “This hurts. The last of the Kings. He said more with one note, than many musicians do in a lifetime. #BBKing #RIP.”
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) May 15, 2015
Messages “Let the sad times roll”, “Rest with the angels” and “Rest in blues” came from actors Hugh Laurie, Alyssa Milano and Scott Eastwood. Singer-songwriter Christina Perri said there will be no one like B.B. King. She said: “no one else in the world like him #RIPBBKing”.
— christina perri (@christinaperri) May 15, 2015
Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s. He went on to influence a generation of musicians, working with Eric Clapton and U2.
Once considered the third greatest guitarist of all time, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album “One kind favor”.
He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
King, who was twice married and twice divorced, is survived by 11 children with various partners.