As I sit in paradise, also know as writers' retreat, some sadness filtered in. I heard that B.B. King, the original Beale Street Blues Boy, has passed away at the age of 89. He was one of the last original blues men of the era. And a serious class act. He was a gentleman, a generous artist and an amazing musician.
I've seen him perform four times and each show was outstanding. He was polite, funny, generous and so, so talented. He will be missed by many. Back in 2011 I wrote a post about him, and I'd like to share it here.
B.B King Is A National Treasure
Chez Quinn started the year off right. Not only did The Man and I get
to go on a date, but he took me to see B. B. King. It was an
We've seen B. B. King on two other
occasions. The first time was a few days before 9/11 in Hershey, PA
where he performed with Buddy Guy (who is AWESOME too) and John Hiatt.
The second time was three and a half years ago when I was eight months
pregnant. So technically, the youngest urchin has been to a B. B. King
concert too. The sound table was obstructing our view of that one. But
things turned out fantastic because we were moved to the third row where
I could see every fret on Lucille.
The Man and I
really wanted to see him again, since we knew he's getting up there in
age. He announced at the concert that he is now 85 years old. And let me
tell you, the man can still rock. The singing and guitar playing were
brilliant. Plus he talks to the crowd quite a bit and is funny as hell.
band has been with him for years. The "new guy" has only been with him
for twenty years, so you know these are top notch musicians. They put on
a great show too.
After his performance, Mr. King
threw guitar picks to the crowd, posed for pictures from the stage and
signed anything handed to him. For thirty minutes. The man is a class
act. He's been an ambassador for the United states and has toured over
On the way home, talking about the
show, I informed The Man that B. B. King was a national treasure. In
Japan, people can become living national treasures when they are
"keepers of intangible cultural properties." And I believe with all my
heart that B. B. King is one of The United States' living national
So The Man and I started playing one of our
favorite games. "Who/What Would Be On Your List?" And I figured I'd play
this game with you. Who would be on your list of Living National
Treasures of the United States of America?
I'd truly love to know!
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