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    He was a great one

    Thanks for sharing that. He was one of a kind. It's amazing the impact he had on a whole string of other musicians.

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    Sad to see one of the truly greatest leave.


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    Truly one of the greatest, he will be missed , may he RIP.
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    A Master of his Art

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    Sad to see him go but 89 is a good age. What a contribution to the blues he has made, he pioneered so much and influenced so many. I think it is a B.B. King day for the play list today. Here's to BB King .
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    We are having an event tonight in the Rock N Roll barn on my property and BB will be remembered for sure.. Thanks BB..

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    I saw B.B several times at the Filmore west in San Francisco in the late 60's. He was an incredible presence on the stage. I saw Albert King, Muddy Waters, Freddy King, John Lee Hooker and others at the same venue. I have to this day a love of all things "the blues" thanks to B.B. and friends. At least his works are well documented and will live on for all to enjoy.
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    Truly a legend. RIP.
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    Very sad indeed.

    I saw him play at the Saratoga Jazz Festival many years ago.

    There is a great story about how he named his guitar Lucille. I don't want to tell it with the wrong details so I looked it up and will post here one version I found -

    It started with a brawl over a woman

    With every iconic guitarist comes an iconic guitar. Willie Nelson has Trigger, his tattered acoustic Martin. Eric Clapton played a black Stratocaster, Blackie, for much of his prime until mechanical issues forced him to retire it. But from blues to country to rock, the most famous guitar might be B.B. King’s Lucille.

    Unlike other guitarists, King didn’t bestow the name Lucille upon a single guitar. Instead, he gave it to all his guitars to remember a particularly memorable show early in his career. In 1949, King had just signed to RPM Records, where he was recording as a session musician and touring throughout the United States. At a gig in Twist, Arkansas, two men began to brawl over a woman named Lucille, knocking over a kerosene stove—it was the dead of winter—and igniting a fire at the venue.

    Despite a blaze that “looked like a river fire,” King ran in to save the guitar as the buildings walls began to crumble. When he found out the next day that the two fighters had died, King vowed to name future guitars Lucille as a reminder—against fighting over women and doing risky things, like running into a building to save a guitar.


    That night King was playing a cheap Gibson L-30, but the guitar most frequently associated with the name “Lucille” is a Gibson ES-355. With its fat, curvy, semi-hollow body, mother-of-pearl fretboard markers, and dual pickups, the ES-355 informed King’s signature aesthetic and sound as much as his voice. In the ’80s, King worked with the company to make his own “Lucille” model of the ES-355, which featured a couple of schematic modifications and the guitar’s name emblazoned on the head.

    Lucille influenced much of King’s career, from the 1968 album and song he named after the guitar to a 1997 visit to the Vatican when he gave Pope John Paul II one of the instruments as a gift.
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