Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

by Zach Seemayer 10:07 AM PDT, May 15, 2015
Playing Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

Iconic blues musician B.B. King died Thursday night. He was 89.

Universal Music Enterprises Senior Vice-President Sujata Murthy confirmed that the legendary artist passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home.

King was long considered one of the greatest musicians of all time, and his name, his music and his legacy have been synonymous with the blues genre for decades.

King released his first album, Singin’ the Blues, in 1957, and ended up releasing 43 studio albums and 16 live albums, with 138 singles released in total.

The celebrated singer, who was known for playing hundreds of shows a year well into his 70s, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and in 1987 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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In addition to those honors, the blues legend also took home 16 GRAMMY Awards during his life, including a GRAMMY Hall of Fame Award.

King won his first GRAMMY in 1971 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his version of the song “The Thrill Is Gone.” In 2009, he took home his last GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album for One Kind Favor.

At the start of May, King announced on his personal website that he had entered hospice care in his home after having to be hospitalized twice for high blood pressure and his long battle with diabetes.

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