‘King of the Blues’ B.B. King dead at age 89

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The legendary "King of the Blues," B.B. King, is dead at age 89.

King brought the blues into America's musical mainstream with his 1969 hit "The Thrill Is Gone;" and dozens of top blues performers call him one of their greatest influences.

Born Riley King in Mississippi in 1925, King adopted the nickname B.B., for “Beale Street Blues Boy.”

He performed his unique guitar solos on a Gibson guitar he named Lucille, after a woman who sparked a fight at a bar where he performed as a young man.

His storied career included 15 Grammy awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and membership in both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

King performed at most of the major Chicago blues clubs; his final performance here was last October at the House of Blues, when he collapsed from dehydration and had to cancel his tour.

B.B. King died in his sleep in Las Vegas, of complications from diabetes.

Musicians took to social media to remember the "King of the Blues":

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