The 15-time Grammy Award winner died in Las Vegas,Thursday night. He had struggled in recent years with diabetes.
He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ’87. He was so beloved that he received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music as well as Yale and Brown universities, among others.
In 1970, he scored a crossover hit with “The Thrill is Gone.” It’s the tune everyone knows — classic B.B. King:
Lucille’s piercing single notes punctuating each phrase.
The thrill is gone.
The thrill is gone away from me.
Although I’ll still live on,
But so lonely I’ll be.
That pretty well sums up how a lot of fans are feeling right now.