Jazz is her younger sister. The blues was another child conceived in sorrow and brought forth from the womb of the ring shout, the work song and the spiritual. It is another one of the original musical forms distinctly from the USA. Today we mourn the extinguishing of one of the blues’ brightest flames: the legendary Riley B. King, also known to lovers of the music all over the earth as “BB King”. In the darkness of our rooms we spin the old wax or drop in the CD as a chaser to our cup of sad times, loss and loneliness. “The Thrill Is Gone” became our Requiem.
BB boarded that midnight train and waved us farewell on Friday, May 15, in Las Vegas, Nevada,the accounts say. Also bereft to mourn him is his distinguished traveling companion, the Gibson E-355 guitar BB called, Lucille.
The king of Blues is dead. Long live the blues.
May we rock in harmony in his memory: https://youtu.be/BPlsqo2bk2M