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Died On This Date (May 14, 2015) B.B. King / King Of The Blues

Posted by themusicsover on May 14, 2015

Riley B. King
September 16, 1925 – May 14. 2015

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To many, B.B. King was the greatest bluesman who ever walked the planet.  During an astonishing career that spanned seven decades, he almost single-handedly brought the blues into the mainstream.  Born on a Mississippi cotton plantation to sharecroppers in 1925, King saw extreme poverty first hand.  After his mother left home when he was just four years old, King went to live with his grandmother who went on to raise him.  He began his life in music by singing in the church choir as a young boy.  By the time he was 15, he was playing the guitar.  In 1946, he moved to Memphis to launch his professional career, and within three years, he was making his earliest recordings.  King went on to record and perform live for the next 65 years.  Along the way he made some of the most iconic and influential records known to man.  They include “The Thrill Is Gone,” “3 O’Clock Blues,” “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “When Love Comes To Town,” which he recorded with U2 in 1988.  He’s received countless awards and accolades including 15 Grammy Awards.  The list of artists who have claimed him as a major influence is staggering.  It includes Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards.  In 2006, King kicked off his “farewell” world tour, but thankfully it never ended since he continued to wow audiences right up until October of 2014 when he became too ill to continue.  His declining health lead to a couple of hospital stays and ultimately hospice care, which was announced on May 1, 2015.  Two weeks later, B.B. King passed away at the age of 89.

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Died On This Date (February 6, 2011) Gary Moore / Blues Rock Guitar Legend

Posted by themusicsover on February 6, 2011

Robert Gary Moore
April 4, 1952 – February 6, 2011

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Gary Moore was an Irish guitarist and singer who, over a career that spanned over 40 years, became one of the most acclaimed electric blues guitarists the world has ever known.  Moore was just 14 years old when he decided to pick up the guitar, and even though he was left-handed, he quickly taught himself to play with his right.  His early influences included John Mayall, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrex, but it was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who first recognized his talent and tutored him whenever he came through Dublin.  In 1969, Moore joined Skid Row, a blues rock band that included Phil Lynott who would later gain fame with Thin Lizzy.  Over the years Moore played with a diverse who’s who of popular music.  That list includes George Harrison, G-Force, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Beach Boys, and Albert Collins.  He released his first solo album in 1973 and continued making albums up until as recently as 2008.  On February 6, 2011, Gary Moore died in his sleep while on vacation in Spain.  He was 58.

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Died On This Date (November 24, 1993) Albert Collins / Texas Blues Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on November 24, 2010

Albert Collins
October 1, 1932 – November 24, 1993

Albert Collins was an electric blues guitarist so great, that he was awarded not one, but three nicknames – the Iceman, the Master of the Telecaster, and the Razor Blade.  Born in a small Texas town mid-way between Dallas and Houston, Collins took an early shine to the music he heard around him.  When he was 7, he and his family moved to Houston, and it was there that he eventually began making a name for himself by playing a style that was equal parts Texas, Mississippi, and Chicago blues.  In 1952, Collins formed his first band and within two years, he was headlining clubs in and around Houston.  He began making records in 1958, and went on to record for such respected labels as Imperial, Alligator, and Point Blank.  Collins was also an in-demand side man and be heard playing on records by the likes of David Bowie, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, and Gary Moore.  In August of 1993, Albert Collins learned he was suffering from lung and liver cancer.  He died of the disease three months later, on November 24, 1993.  He was 61.

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Died On This Date (December 21, 1992) Albert King / Blues Guitar Great

Posted by themusicsover on December 21, 2009

Albert King
April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992

Albert King was a singer and electric guitarists who is considered one of the all-time greats of the blues.  What distinguished him from the others is that he was left-handed but played a right-handed guitar upside-down.  He also prefered to play what is called a “flying V” guitar that is usually played by metal guitarists.  King scored a few minor hits during the early days of his career, but after signing with Stax Records in 1966, he found himself being backed by Booker T. and the MGs on what would become numerous influential records.  His hits included “Crosscut Saw” and “Born Under a Bad Sign,” which has since become a blues standard.  King has been cited as a direct influence on the likes of Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Albert King died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992.  He was 69 years old.

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