President Obama Mourns The Passing Of Blues Icon BB King

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President Obama released a statement mourning the passing of blues legend BB King today. Obama said that the blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend.

In a statement, the President said:

The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.

King toured prolifically well into his 80s, but complications from diabetes had slowed the performer in recent years. On May 1, King posted a brief message on his website to let his fans know that he was in hospice care, “I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

Video BB King and a host of blues legends perform Sweet Home Chicago at the White House:

The next post on the site is a one sentence announcement of Mr. King’s passing, “Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14, 2015.”

There will never be anyone else like BB King. He was an American original, and today his beloved guitar Lucille is silent.

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12 Replies to “President Obama Mourns The Passing Of Blues Icon BB King”

  1. Awaiting Republican Denunciations or Accusations of Obama for his role in the ‘Untimely Demise’ of B.B. King.

    in.
    5..
    4..
    3..oh wait…

    and oh yeah- Benghazi!

  2. BB had his club in mid-town NY, and I used to go there all the time. Grew up on blues, roots, folk and later Americana. He loved Dylan. He had an annual Bob Birthday Bash and also one for Neil Young, which was always fun and oddly fit for some strange reason despite the difference.

    He will be missed.

  3. You almost took the words out of my mout, except I would have said: Until someone says this is Obama’s signal to instigate a race war.

  4. One of the best concerts I have ever been to was BB King opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park, Los Angeles California in 1989. BB played a 2 hour set and blew the minds of the hard rockers in the audience who had never heard of him. I heard many comments of “That old guy rocks!!” Stevie Ray Vaughn played a 3 hour set, then 3 more hours of encores all with BB on stage with him. RIP BB King. Instead of grieving your passing I will celebrate your life, and remember you with reverence.

    https://youtu.be/UOnzDKvn7YI

  5. The great man will live on forever in his music.
    RIP BB, hope you’re having a grand time in Heaven with your Blues’ mates.

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