B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone

R.I.P. B.B. King…!

Last King Of The Blues passes away in his sleep at home

Blues great B.B. King has died at the age of 89 after being ill for some time, it’s been confirmed.

His lawyer Brent Bryson reported that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in Las Vegas.

Born Riley B. King in 1925, he was known as one of the Three Kings Of Blues Guitar alongside Albert King (1923-1992) and Freddie King (1934-1976).

His single-string vibrato style, influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, is said to have influenced most of the guitarists who followed him.

King’s career began in 1943 as a guitarist with the Famous St John’s Quartet in his home state of Mississippi. He later played with Bukka White in Tennessee before starting solo work in Arkansas in 1948. He was soon a regular DJ on Tennessee radio, using the name Blues Boy, which led to his onstage monicker.

His first record was launched in 1949 before he signed with RMP Records and worked with producer Sam Phillips. His first hit was 1952’s 3 O’Clock Blues and a string of successes followed, including a Grammy Award in 1970 for his version of The Thrill Is Gone. He reached a new audience with When Love Comes To Town, a collaboration with U2, in 1988.

He released 44 studio albums during his career, the last of which was 2008’s Grammy-winning One Kind Favor.

He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 1980, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987, and the R&B Music Hall Of Fame in 2014. He’s listed as the third-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

King believed in hard work and practice, once saying: “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” On the genre he loved, he said: “The blues? It’s the mother of American music. That’s what it is – the source.”

He had continued touring until falling ill several months ago. Following a minor heart attack last month he announced he was “in hospice care in Las Vegas” and added: “Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

We’ve lost a great one…! What’s on your mind tonite…?




  1. May 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Aloha, LN pups…! My humble apologies for being totally toobless and clueless since I flew out Weds…! I finally resolved my internet connection…!

  2. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    All righty then.

  3. May 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Aloha, cmk…! A bunch of the wedding party is winging their way back to Ohio as I type…! 😉

  4. May 17, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Any of y’all have some online news that happened since I’ve been gone…?

  5. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:32 pm
  6. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:36 pm


  7. May 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    That’s on a par with Nomi Prins’ All The Presidents’ Bankers, cmk

  8. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Can you say Set up ?

  9. May 17, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I smell a rat, as it were…!

  10. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Brought to by that wonderful democratic president, Woodrow Wilson.

  11. TalkingWarrior
    May 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Where would the most militarised nation in history be without … a world-wide enemy?

  12. NorskeFlamethrower
    May 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Brother CT:
    What is up with the site…my God, between the pop-ups, the limited posts and the double top secret handshake ya need to post a comment I’m thinkin’ that maybe FDL’s days are numbered. Well, anyway Russ Feingold is gunna kick this state into the 20th century whether or not anyone is around here to see it.

  13. May 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Aloha, TW…! The Neocon/lib’s have certainly ensured that we do have a Global problem, TW…! And, we just keep pissing on em…!

  14. TalkingWarrior
    May 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Have you seen b’s take on the “bin Laden” connection at MoA?

    Never forget Petraeus’ dissertation asserting that only “perception” matters, not what actually happened.

  15. Chris Maukonen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm
  16. May 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Hadn’t been to MoA since I’d flew out, TW…! Btw, it was a great little ceremony with Diamond Head framed between the two palm trees swaying above the nuptials…! 😉

  17. TalkingWarrior
    May 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Never forget that ISIS announced at its inception that it would not attack the US unless attacked by the US first (why AQ split from them).

    ISIS’ goal is Riyadh. Probably why we attacked first.

  18. May 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Aloha, Comrade Norske…! My Eldest just got hitched last nite…! 😉

    I’m trying my best to keep the Lake a’going…! *g*

  19. Chris Maukonen
    May 18, 2015 at 12:01 am

    It’s almost midnight here and I am tired. So think I’ll hit the hey early tonight. Aloha CT and all.

  20. May 18, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Pleasant dreams , cmk…! Mahalo for stepping up in my prolonged absence…! *g*

  21. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I’m so glad you had a beautiful ceremony. My neice got married in Hawai’i.

    Being the family liberal, I was not among family members “chosen” to fly out on chartered jet by her father.

    May get there one day on my own.

    But am delighted with your happy news.

  22. May 18, 2015 at 12:06 am
  23. May 18, 2015 at 12:10 am

    *heh* It is a great place to retire, just ask any of the beaucoup vets I’d met on ‘Da Bus’…! 😉

  24. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Reuters reported the Syrian Army took out the IS oil minister almost an hour before the US Nat’l Sec. Council sent out a press release saying the US took him out bin Laden-esque:


    The first casualty of war …

  25. May 18, 2015 at 12:18 am


    ISIS is funded by Riyadh, Qatar, the Emirates, the CIA, Mossad, Turkey MI6, and the US, by proxy.

  26. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Aren’t you a retired vet, well almost, before unretired again?

    Google via StartPage told me, though, that Tuttles have been on the Isles for a bit.

    (Your thinking “everyone” knew onion domes were wooden one night got me curious – that’s art historian stuff 😉 )

  27. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    One of those first casualty of war things, IMO.

    Having watched the “Syrian pilot burned in cage” video twice before it disappeared from my finding it again, my thought was, “Whoever faked this has watched/produced too many horror movies – Hollywood!”

  28. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:48 am

    FWIW, Disqus’ nested comments are hell to figure out on cell screens. Never noticed it as a problem before, but FDL is the first site to force me into a mobile view of Disqus. I like reading them on desktop views, but useless in a “responsive template” environment (or whatever Sonenstein called it).

  29. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Having lived in CA a couple of years, enough to learn of water issues, I am so sorry for all of you out West. Meanwhile, many of us back East are getting soaked.

    And, of course, there’s fire season on its way. Lived in San Diego during a bad one – I remember the heat, the ash all over everything, and thinking, “This must be what hell is like.”

  30. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:01 am

    CT, lost your toobs again?

  31. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:04 am

    revisited the boston bombing this weekend. what a fabrication

  32. May 18, 2015 at 1:05 am

    My Mifi battery died, I had to replace it…!

  33. May 18, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Aloha, starry…! How’s the Northern hinterlands…?

  34. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:15 am

    well enough. congrats. we appeared to have storm system that looks tropical. we love rain here. you know chickens are jungle birds

  35. May 18, 2015 at 1:17 am
  36. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Agree completely. Jahar was supposed to be killed in that hail of bullets, like the Canadian self-radicalized lone wolf, the Hebdo lone wolves, those in two following countries I forget right now.

    As eCAHN said frequently, they need better scriptwriters.

    Sadly, real people are killed in this mess, but that’s what the Exceptional Nation does best – sadly.

  37. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:23 am

    And so it goes. 😉 Glad you had a replacement.

  38. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

    these guys look relaxed. they are having fun. that’s how it’s done

  39. May 18, 2015 at 1:27 am

    As an Old Commo Chief, I’d learned to always keep a spare battery or part on hand, TW…!

  40. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:30 am

    hope we can get lady ecahn back at the lake. miss her

  41. PillBilly
    May 18, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Royal Navy submariner spills the ills, to WikiLeaks.

  42. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Followed your second link and went thru FDL’s Disqus hell getting back here

    Re Ramadi: The best-trained army ever … is following someone’s orders.

    Re tankers transporting Persian oil again: The US is pivoting toward the Shia the better to play divide et impera wrt the Sunnis in MENA.

    IMHO, of course.

  43. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Maybe when this site is more … settled technologically.

  44. May 18, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Aloha, PB…! Mahalo for that headsup…!

  45. May 18, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I’m bummed that she decided not to chime in here since the transition to the new digs…!

  46. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Don’t have a link, but the new Saudi King did not attend Obama’s recent Camp David pow-wow with other Gulf Council rulers. So pow-wow was a mere blip on MSM “news.”

  47. May 18, 2015 at 1:46 am
  48. May 18, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Obama has pissed off the Sauds by not fully committing to their royal Jihad against all the Shi’a, TW…! 8-(

  49. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:52 am

    shop talk. sleep tight for several nights. bb king lucillle – – Yahoo Search Results

  50. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 1:53 am

    bb blues boys

  51. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I missed the “cement head” exchange she brought up here one night, but did catch someone’s one-word response to an extremely benign comment she made the next day. It was: “Liar.”

    Haven’t seen her since.

    Yes, she could be acerbic, but I wouldn’t put up with such abuse either.

  52. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Divide et impera often translated as “divide and govern (or rule)” rather than “conquer.”

  53. starrynight
    May 18, 2015 at 2:00 am
  54. May 18, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Ah… My Lucille…


  55. NightriderXP1
    May 18, 2015 at 2:10 am

    And yet once again, the site layout is broken when viewed in Opera and probably on Android phones. Whoever keeps fixing it every day, do you need help fixing it permanently so we don’t have to continue this song and dance of me reporting it and you fixing it every day? The fact that you know where the problem lies and can quickly fix it after it’s reported, it seems like it should be easy to make sure it stays fixed…

    I just discovered that adjusting the page zoom size can completely knock out the top menu or bring it back…

  56. dubinsky
    May 18, 2015 at 2:11 am
  57. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Love it! There’s a reason austerity Britain pays to keep Assange imprisoned in an embassy.

    WikiLeaks poses a real problem for the well-paid gatekeepers and a threat to the would-be “narrative” controllers.

    Wonder if some disgruntled whoever may spill ALL of HRC’s emails to WikiLeaks.

    Pass the popcorn.

  58. May 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Sorry to hear about that, Nightrider…!

  59. May 18, 2015 at 2:17 am

    It certainly doesn’t, dub…!

  60. NightriderXP1
    May 18, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Me too. I’ve now got a different idea of what might be causing some of this now that I discovered that I can make the top menu go away or come back by changing the page zoom size…

  61. dubinsky
    May 18, 2015 at 2:24 am

    hey, tuttle. I told you when you were first starting out at the late night music gig that you would be good at it…and I’m pleased to see that you’ve exceeded expectations.

    good on ya.

  62. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 2:27 am

    I know Disqus was way easier to use this afternoon.

    I’ve never even brought up the off-and-on jumping cursor, but it’s been giving me hell tonight – and just now seems to have quit jumping around as it has for hours.

    What’s your magic, XP1?

    My “complaining” gets no response.

  63. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 2:31 am

    A bit like me always carrying a basic shoeshine kit with me … still.

  64. May 18, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Mahalo, dub….! Always appreciate the kudos…! 😉

  65. May 18, 2015 at 2:37 am

    *heh* A little spit and shinola goes a long ways, eh TW…? 😉

  66. NightriderXP1
    May 18, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I don’t know what, if any, magic is helping. I assumed that I was the only one formerly reporting these issues everyday and that the site admin was monitoring the discussions closely, watching for any complaints. If true, I was impressed at their quick response repairing the problem. However having the layout break every day is not impressive. It’s like Jekyll and Hyde are both working on the code…

  67. May 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

    How blue can ya get…


  68. May 18, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I applaud the rare instant, where the inane schlub dub can be stripped of his narcissistic, “contrarianism just because,” and worse… by the all-equalizing appreciation of music! The soul part is not part of his tool kit. WTF?

  69. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 3:03 am

    mpbonline.org* was playing BB online around the clock since his death through Sunday night. ‘Twas sublime.


  70. May 18, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Satchmo’s St Louis Blues, bb…!


  71. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 3:25 am

    You are the only one I’ve seen reporting, who can explain what is screwing up at a coding level. Myself, I beta-tested end-user office type software, among other things, as part of a job an incarnation or two ago.

  72. May 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    When Love Comes to Town…


  73. May 18, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Music is the soul of us all, aprescoup…! Amazing how certain vibrations can affect us so, eh…? 😉

  74. May 18, 2015 at 3:54 am

    In their imperious Jihad it’s Conquer, pure and simple…! 8-(

  75. TalkingWarrior
    May 18, 2015 at 3:54 am

    My eyes are closing on me.

    G’night, all, and, again, mahalo, CT.

    (One last Disqus-on-smartphones complaint for the night: I HATE having to scroll and scroll and scroll to the top of the comments to make a new first-level comment.)

  76. May 18, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Pleasant dreams, TW…! I’m still not a fan of the disqus set-up either, but, still I soldier on…! 😉

  77. May 18, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Wrong coast, bb…! But…


  78. May 18, 2015 at 4:38 am

    *heh* From the Fillmore West…


  79. cranky_mccrankenstein
    May 18, 2015 at 6:42 am
  80. cranky_mccrankenstein
    May 18, 2015 at 6:43 am
  81. NightriderXP1
    May 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

    When this site isn’t displaying properly on your Android phone, is the top menu missing too? Do you have the ability to adjust the page zoom size on your phone? If the menu is disappearing and if you have the ability to change the zoom size, try that and see what happens…

  82. dubinsky
    May 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    and let’s keep this as a place for music and goodwill.


  83. kgosztola
    May 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm