What can I say about Riley “Beale Street Blues Boy” King that hasn't already been said?
All I can do is acknowledge that America has lost a true national treasure and the world an international icon. The King was indeed a global ambassador for the blues.
No matter what kind of music you like or whether or not you are a fan, there's no mistaking that B.B. was a class act, a true king of the blues and a master among musicians.
My favorite B.B. King moment is his guest-starring stint as himself on an episode of Sanford and Son.
The various images over the decades of King and his many beloved “Lucille” Gibson guitars will forever be ingrained in our collective conscious, and his legacy will continue to thrive thanks to his great body of work.
Long live the King.