Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died on Thursday night at the age of 89.
Daughter Patty King said he died in Las Vegas of as-yet-undisclosed causes, two weeks after being placed in home hospice care while suffering from dehydration, according to CNN.
Born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi, King was widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists and blues musicians of all-time. After starting out on street corners in Mississippi as a youngster, he hitchhiked to Memphis in 1947 and got an early break when he performed on radio there the next year.
He scored his first hit with 1952's "Three O'Clock Blues" and soon began to tour extensively, logging an incredible 342 concerts in 1956. He released his first album, Singin' the Blues, the next year, and during a career that spanned over six decades, he released more than 40 studio albums, in addition to over a dozen live albums.
With hundreds of songs in his catalog, the man nicknamed the King of the Blues is best known for such signature tracks as: “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Everyday I have the Blues,” “Why I Sing the Blues” and “How Blue Can You Get.”
In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; that same year, he was presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he won 15 Grammys -- the first, in 1971, and most recently in 2009. In 2006, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Until a recent string of health problems, King continued his hard-touring ways, playing up to 250 shows a year accompanied by his signature black Gibson guitar, Lucille.
In Indianola, Mississippi, there's the B.B. King Museum, while there are B.B. King's Blues Club locations in New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Connecticut, Nashville, West Palm Beach, Las Vegas and in Orlando.
King's musical legacy has impacted generations of artists, from The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to Slash, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and contemporary blues players like Gary Clark Jr.
His impact went beyond guitar players and bluesmen, though, crossing over to rappers as well. Big K.R.I.T. got King in the studio for a feature on 2012's "Praying Man"; Kendrick Lamar's "m.a.a.d city" uses an interpolation of "Chains and Things" (they couldn't clear the original sample); Action Bronson's "Buddy Guy" samples King's "Sweet Thing."
He performed at festivals like Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, and also made appearances a number of TV shows, including "The Cosby Show," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Sesame Street."
He Witnessed A Will And Carlton Argument On "Fresh Prince"
And Sang "How Blue Can You Get" On "The Cosby Show"
Plus, He Sang With President Obama
And With U2 On "When Love Comes To Town"
And Here's His Classic "Thrill Is Gone"