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Today: B.B. King is 87

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Riley King
Also known as B.B. King

King of the Blues

Born September 16, 1925 (age 87)
Origin Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States
Genres Blues, soul blues, jazz, blues rock, electric blues, rhythm and blues, soul
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1949–present
Labels Geffen/Interscope/Universal,Bullet Records, RPM Records,Crown, ABC, MCA,Reprise/Warner Bros.,Virgin/EMI
Associated acts Bobby BlandEric Clapton,PappoBig Krit


Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American songwriter, vocalist, and famed blues guitarist.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. and No. 17 in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.” King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is widely considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, because of this he is often nicknamed ‘The King of Blues’. He is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows, still at the age of 86 King appears at 100 shows a year.

Over a period of 63 years, King has played in excess of 15,000 performances.

The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993):

Everyday I have the Blues:

How Blue Can You Get (Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll):

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Today: The late John Entwistle passed away in 2002 – 10 years ago

From Wikipedia:

John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, horn player, and film and record producer who was best known as the bass player for the rock band The Who. His aggressive lead sound influenced many rock bass players. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who in 1990.



Entwistle identified his influences as a combination of his school training on French horn, trumpet, and piano (giving his fingers strength and dexterity). Musicians who influenced him included rock & roll guitarists Duane Eddy and Gene Vincent, and American soul and R&B bassists such as James Jamerson. 

In turn, Entwistle has been a massive influence on the playing styles and sounds used by generations of bass players that have followed him, including Geezer ButlerSteve HarrisMatt FreemanKrist NovoselicIan HillGeddy Lee, Billy SheehanVictor WootenTom Petersson, and Chris Squire.

Entwistle continues to top ‘best ever bass player’ polls in musicians magazines.

  • In 2000, Guitar magazine named him “Bassist of the Millennium”
  • in a readers’ poll. J. D. Considine ranked Entwistle no. 9 on his list of “Top 50 Bass Players”.
  • He was named the second best bassist on Creem Magazines 1974 Reader Poll Results.
  • In 2011, a Rolling Stone reader poll selected him as the No. 1 bassist of all time.

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