This post is dedicated to the the late musician B.B. King (1925-2015)
Born on a cotton plantation in the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi, B.B. King was a very influential musician of his time. Growing up he sang in the gospel choir in church and purchased his first guitar at the age of 12. He immediately started to write and perform music at local churches. By 1949 he began recording in Las Angeles at RPM Records and later went on to becoming one of the most influential artist in R&B and Blues music.
After years of making a name for himself he was inducted in the Blues hall of fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1987. In my opinion he was one of the best guitar players the world got the privilege to hear. At the bottom of this post is a link to a video of a guitar solo performed by King in 2001.
Musicians like this one are truly musicians who don’t come around all that often. This was in a time where music was a way of life. King found his life through a guitar and making the Blues for the world to hear and close their eyes to and let their imagination take them places they’ve never been. Although he passed away, his music can live on for the rest of eternity as long as there is someone like me to listen.